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Miniature piano

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1912 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Trethewey, A (Mr) (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mahogany sawn and polished, screwed and hinged. Painted wood and pieces of celluloid.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Edith Heggie
    (A Trethewey was the donor's first husband)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This carefully crafted miniature mahogany piano has a handwritten label glued to the base of the piano which reads: 'Made by Mr A Trethewey in 1912, a present for his wife to be.' Mr Trethewey's wife to be, Edith Maud (née Palmer) was 25 years old when the piano was made for her and 94 when she donated it to the museum.

Physical description

Miniature upright piano made of polished mahogany with hinged lid at the top and covering the keyboard. The black keys are black painted wood, the rest are individual pieces of cream celluloid. Some keys are chipped. The keyboard cover and hinged lid each have two brass hinges. The keyboard cover slots into place and is held by the piano front which has two metal pegs at the bottom. The front is held at the top by the piano lid. The bottom front also slots into place and should be held by two wooden tongues though one is missing. There are two wooden pedals screwed to the base. The rest of the construction is held by screws. The back is covered with a panel of linen which has faded on the outside from dark blue to grey. Behind the keyboard is a narrow strip of green baize.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1912 (made)


Trethewey, A (Mr) (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Mahogany sawn and polished, screwed and hinged. Painted wood and pieces of celluloid.

Marks and inscriptions

carved on the inside of the keyboard cover; letters painted in gold colour

Made by A Trethewey / in 1912 / a present for his wife / to be.
Written in pen on a white label glued to base


Height: 20.6 cm lid closed, Height: 20.8 cm lid open, Length: 24.5 cm, Depth: 9.2 cm

Descriptive line

Model or doll sized upright wooden piano, handmade, English, 1912


Mahogany; Paint; Brass; Celluloid; Baize; Cloth


Sawing; Polishing; Painting; Screwing; Hinged


Children & Childhood; Musical instruments; Miniatures; Dolls' houses

Production Type



Museum of Childhood

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