Late last May I spent a few days at Colonial Williamsburg, the place with the modest website history.org. I was there for a joint meeting of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America and the American Musical Instrument Society. The meeting was there for the opening of the Changing Keys: Keyboard Instruments for America, 1700–1830 at the at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum This is a collection featuring more than 25 instruments including spinets, harpsichords, and pianos, ranging in date from 1700 to 1830.

An English square piano.

An English square piano.

A good time was had by all.

Departing from my normal disciplined habits, I decided to schedule some time to look at other exhibits and see if there were any antiques dealers in Williamsburg. And there are. (More on that later.) The central hall of the upper level was ringed with interesting furniture. I can’t remember now if it was a speciality exhibit or just part of the permanent collection. Either way, there was a lot of interesting stuff.

Another John Shearer desk. One of four Shearer pieces at Williamsburg

Another John Shearer desk. One of four Shearer pieces at Williamsburg

A simple Backcountry piece? Maybe more.

A simple Backcountry piece? Maybe more.

A decorated, slant front desk.

A decorated, slant front desk.

To see these and many more pictures, click HERE. The keyboards are interesting. Really!