Albert Schoenhut was born in Germany to a toy-making family, and he, at a young age, began making toy pianos. In 1866 a buyer for Wanamaker’s Department Store brought the 17-year-old Albert to Philadelphia to work as a repairman on German toys. In 1872, Albert left Wanamaker’s and founded his own business, Schoenhut Piano Company. Over the years he expanded his business to include other musical instruments and dolls, circus figures, and toys. At the time of his death in 1912, Schoenhut Piano Company was the largest toy company in America.
This wonderful 8-key piano was made in the early 1900’s when Albert could oversee the work done on it. It is solid wood, including the painted keys, and is decorated with a polychrome lithograph of 10 dancing muses and two cherubs playing flutes. The colors are still very strong. “Schoenhut” in centered at the bottom beneath the muses and to the left is the word Patented. This 100+ year-old toy is in very good played-with, antique condition. There are nicks in the wood and the back has been replaced, but the keys still play, even though they are stubborn sometimes. The piano is 9 ¼” wide, 5” deep, and 7” tall.
This set would be a wonderful addition to your vintage toy collection or for the piano lover. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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