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Miniature pianos often are made, naturally, of wood. From dollhouse pianos, to highly-detailed models, to keepsake boxes, wooden pianos come in a wide variety of forms.
Pianos in my collection:
This piano is a richly-detailed black lacquer model that's 4 1/4" across by 5 1/2" high. The lid and keyboard cover open and close. The keyboard is plastic and three-dimensional. The inside of the piano and the pedals are quite realistic for a miniature piano. The harp is painted gold and even has tuning pegs. The strings are made of clear fishing wire. This piano has a matching bench. This piano came in a black clasped box with red felt lining inside.
Here is a pair of dollhouse pianos, a grand and an upright. The grand is 4 1/2" across by 5 1/4" high and has a wooden bench. The piano lid opens and closes and the keyboard is made of plastic, realistically detailed in relief. The music stand can be folded back. This piano is made in China. The upright piano is 5" across by 4" high. Its bench is covered in maroon felt and the keyboard is of paper. Both pianos have sheet music on the music stand. These types of dollhouse pianos can be found at many hobby stores.
The piano on the left is a light-colored wood dollhouse piano bank, with a coin drop behind the music stand. I got this at an antique mall and it supposedly dates from 1925. There is a lovely floral decoupage on the front of the piano. The keyboard is of paper. This piano measures 5" across by 4 1/2" high. Coins are removed by taking off a panel attached to the back leg. The second piano is a small dollhouse grand piano. Its lid closes and the music desk folds back. The keyboard is paper. This piano, at 2 3/4" across and 3 1/2" high, is too small to be to scale in most dollhouses.
This miniature wood baby grand piano measures 1 1/4" high by 1 1/4" across. The wood pianist doll is 1 3/4" high by 1" in diameter. The original label on the piano's base shows a doll-shaped figure marked "iSCH."
This upright piano has a secret compartment in the top. It measures about 6" across by 4" high. The inner compartment lid and the keyboard lid open and close.
This is a dollhouse square or spinet piano. It stands 5 1/4" across, 4" high, and 2 1/4" deep and has a padded bench.
This little old wooden cigarette box measures about 5 3/4" long and 2 3/4" across and stands just slightly under 5" high.
Pianos not in my collection:
This is a miniature grand piano built from Australian cedar, possibly as an apprentice piece in the 1930s. It is 8" long by 7 1/4" across by 3 1/4" high.
This is a vintage jewelry box that is in the shape of a baby grand piano. It is made of black lacquered wood and has a scene painted on the top of a snow-capped mountain with oriental boats at sea and Bonsai trees in the foreground. The top lifts and the inside of the lid has mirrors. There is a compartment with a lid for jewelry and also a small shelf for jewelry. When you lift the lid to the keyboard you will find more storage space. It is lined in red velvet. It is stamped "Made In Japan" in gold under the lid.
The piano on the left is a black dollhouse baby grand that measures 3 3/8" high (when closed) by 4 5/8" across. It comes with a matching bench and the lid opens and closes. On the right is a mahogany dollhouse upright piano that also has a matching bench covered in black vinyl. The piano keys are molded plastic. This piano measures 4" high by 5" across.
These dollhouse pianos are made by Bespaq. They come in walnut or mahogany and measure 3" high, 3 1/2" across, and 5 1/4" deep. They were made in the 1970s to the early 1980s.
On the left is an upright Bespaq hand-painted dollhouse piano and stool. It measures 4 5/8" high, 4 3/8" across, and 2" deep. On the right is a Victorian-style dollhouse pipe organ with bench in a deep cherry wood design. It measures 8" high.
This is a vintage jewelry box with carved wood keys. This piece measures 12" by 8" and the inside compartment is lined with felt.
On the left is a dollhouse piano made by Lundby of Sweden. On the right is a little white piano that is hand-painted with pink flowers and green leaves on the top. It is about 2" high and almost 4" long across the top.
Here are two Lundby upright dollhouse pianos. They come with benches and measure 2 1/2" high by 3 1/2" across. The keyboard lids open and close.
This wood dollhouse piece has detailed carving on the piano and bench sides. The lids on the piano and bench both open with tiny brass hinges. The inside of the piano has strings for realism.
The piano on the left measures 7 1/4" across, 4" high, and 4" deep. It is probably made of walnut. The keys are plastic, celluloid maybe. The piano says "MIDGETONE" over the keys. It may have been a music box at one time. On the right is a vintage red piano with gold trim, chair, and clock. The piano measures 3 1/2" across by 2 3/4" high by 1 1/2" deep.
On the left is a piece of "tramp art" that seems to be made of matchsticks. On the right is a piano that measures about 3" high and is probably from the 1940s. It has a Dol-toi round sticker label on the back and is made in England. The lid over the piano keys opens and closes.
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