Page 1: Museum Highlights
Here are some trinket boxes, decorative figurines, and other collectible miniature pianos made of a wide variety of metals.
Pianos in my collection:
This little trinket box is finely detailed and the cover features a scene with a harpist and a ballerina in relief. The lid opens up to reveal a little compartment lined with red material. This piano measures 1 3/4" across by 1 1/2" high.
Here is a pair of pianos made in England. Each has a golden bottom portion and a copper lid that lifts off and is unattached. The flower-painted piano has a sticker that says "Hand Painted in Wales." Both pianos are stamped "Made in England." They each measure 2" across by 1 1/4" high. The lids have a nice swirly relief on them. The unpainted piano is not in my collection.
On the left is an intricate two-piece pewter set from 1975 of a woman playing what seems to be a harpsichord, signed by Thomas Duffy. The lady measures 1 3/4" high by 1 3/4" across. The harpsichord measures 2 1/2" long by 1 1/4" across by 1 3/4" high. On the right is a piano made of thick twisted wire. It measures 3 1/4" across by 4 1/2" high.
Here is an old upright bronze piano. The keyboard cover lifts up to reveal a plastic keyboard and there are opening doors above the keyboard. It is stamped on the back "©1976 Durham Industries, Inc." of New York and "Made in Hong Kong." It measures 2 1/4" across and high.
This piano trinket box pictured is an older piece. It is made of metal except the part that has the flowers; that is made of porcelain or enamel. The hinges are broken and the lid is detachable. It is in lovely condition otherwise considering its age. It is 4" long, 2 1/4" high, and 3" across. This piano is for sale in the MiniPianos.com Gift Shop!
Pianos not in my collection:
The cast iron baby grand piano with matching bench on the left was made by Arcade to replicate the Cable piano and has the Cable label above the keyboard. Both pieces have their original dark blue paint. On the right is a German tin dollhouse piano from the 1920s or 1930s. It measures 2 3/4" across and high.
This is an old Tootsietoy piano with original paint. The lid lifts up and the prop stick is intact. The music desk moves back and forth. The keyboard cover also opens and closes. This piano measures 2" high by 3" across.
This piano comes in white or black enamel. High-polished gold-colored ostrich plume fans embellish three sides of this enameled grand with gold legs and pedals. The entire top of the piano is encrusted with large hand-cut, hand-set Swarovski crystals. There are also three larger crystals set in the music stand over the keyboard. This impressive box measures nearly 3" long, 2 1/2" across, and stands a full 3" high. The lid is removable for storage space and is secured by two magnetic catches.
This dainty silver filigree piano with bench measures about 2" high.
This is a pretty oriental designed piano box. The outside has a black background trimmed in gold. The keys are gold. The top has a tri-colored (silver, gold, copper) etched design of a wheelbarrow filled with flowers and birds sitting on it. The bottom of the piano is marked Japan. Inside is also gold with a velvet lining. The box measures 2 1/4" high, 3 1/2" long, and 2 1/2" across.
This is a pill box with a hinged lid. There are two compartments inside. It is crafted of aluminum with a plastic liner and measures 1/2" high by 2" long by 1 3/4" across.
This is a trinket box that has carvings around the sides. It is marked Japan on the bottom of the box.
This is a piano trinket box from Occupied Japan; it is silver metal of some sort and has footed legs, is lined inside with blue velvet, and has a bird design on top of the cover. It measures 2" high by 4" long and 2 1/2" across.
On the left is an old metal piano and chair: The piano has a rooster design on top and is 1 1/4" high and almost 2 1/2" long; the chair is 1" high. On the right is a black enamel piano trinket box with a white keyboard and golden legs; the box lid opens and has magnetic locks to hold it in place. It measures 2 1/2" by 2".
This nice Chippendale style piano comes in black or white enamel. It is decorated with Austrian clear crystals and a gold plated outline and enamel hand-painted flowers. It is gold plated over a heavy metal base, measuring 2" by 2 1/2" x 1 1/4". The box is hinged and magnetic for closure. A prop stick keeps the lid open. The box is signed Rucinni and comes in a satin-filled goldtone gift box.
On the left is a really nice little piece of enamel on brass made in Israel. It is shaped like a grand piano top and inside it is powder blue with musical notes around the edges with green, red, and blue enameling. It has three little pegs for legs so it is raised up and measures approximately 5" by 6" by 1" high. The 24K gold plated piano on the right is decorated by three Swarovski crystals in the lid. The piano is about 5 cm high by 6 cm deep.
The small vintage jewelry box on the left has a porcelain top with an Edwardian-looking boy on it. It says "Blue Boy, Soinsborough." It is lined in the inside with red velvet and is marked on the bottom "Made In Japan." It measures 4 3/4" long by 1 3/4" high. On the right is a vintage pink and silver grand piano jewelry box that measures 2.5" by 1.5" by 2".
This is a post-1950 hand-painted Vienna bronze cat and piano signed "F. Bermann."
This is a Vienna cat orchestra, including a cat pianist. These sets are quite pricey, going into the range of several hundred dollars.
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