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Mission Style and Craftsman Style Pianos
By D. L. Bullock

Larry Mayo wrote in 991022 MMD:

> Gustav Stickley's drawings of craftsman (or mission) interiors show
> only an interesting type of piano that is actually built into the wall
> as if it were part of the paneling.  ... Has anyone encountered any
> pianos that were clearly built in the craftsman style?  If so, what
> did they look like?

I have in my collection three mission style pianos.  The finest is an
Angelus: it is tiger oak and has many characteristics of the Craftsman
style including fake wooden tabs and pins at all the joints.

The second one is one of the built-into-the-wall type.  It actually was
not built into the wall, as I doubt any of them were, but it did have
an architecturally designed room that was built around it, so it probab-
ly looked like it was built in.  The third is an old Story and Clark
that has been gutted.  It is not in good shape but because of its case
I plan to make it a nickelodeon someday.

One major feature that all mission style piano cases seem to have
is the leg in the front that goes or seems to go all the way from the
heavy toe at the bottom to above the keyboard by about 6-10 inches.
It sometimes ends at the top with a cap or perhaps a light fixture.
I have one with the light fixture (now missing) but the rest of the
piano does not look mission except for its oak case.

D. L. Bullock    Piano World    St. Louis

(Message sent Fri 29 Oct 1999, 18:08:05 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

Key Words in Subject:  Craftsman, Mission, Pianos, Style

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