This charming rosewood sewing box and dressing case, cleaned and repaired in 1989, incorporates a high-pitched piano with four octaves of tiny keys. Probably made in Austria about 1830, it was imported and sold in Philadelphia by Sarah Hart & Son, proprietors of a furniture and `fancy' store. A shallow tray above the diagonal strings holds spools for thread and compartments for sewing materials; another removable tray rests above the keys, and a looking glass hinges inside the lid, which is inlaid on top with foliate scrollwork and musical instruments. A knee lever beneath the box raises the piano's dampers. The unusual pedestal design perhaps simulates bamboo. Pianos like this, meant for boudoirs, were playthings of girls in wealthy families.