photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

Local name: harmonia ciągana (pulled accordion, hand accordion)
Classification: 4 Aerophones / 41 Free aerophones / 412 Interruptive free aerophones / 412.1 Idiophonic interruptive aerophones or reeds / 412.13 Free reeds / 412.132 Sets of free reeds / 412.132-62-8 Sets of free reeds with flexible air reservoir, with keyboard
Maker: Stamirowski Piotr
Date: beginning of the 20th c.
Village / Town: Warsaw
Region: Mazovia
Country: Poland
Owner: The State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw
Inventory number: PME 50536/1-2
Description: an accordion; diatonic; called "black"; two-row keyboard (14+13 melody keys), 12-basses
Decoration: body embellished with inlays; open work (geometrical and floral motives)
Measurements: 330 x 190 x 330 mm
Materials: wood, leather, metal, paper, cloth, celluloid
Inscriptions: P. Stamirowski, Warszawa
Sound compass, tuning: different tones are produced while pulling and pressing the bellows; modeled on German two-row accordions with the chromatic scale g – g´´´ or c – a´´´
Performance practice: after World War II the accordion became a popular common component of folk bands, mostly in Mazovia on the left side of the Vistula river (the areas of Łowicz and Rawa Mazowiecka) and in north Lesser Poland (the areas of Radom and Kielce)
Catalog card by: Teresa Lewińska / Zbigniew J. Przerembski

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