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S. Marshall & Sons Reed Organ

From the Collection of Puffing Billy Railway School Rd Menzies Creek Victoria

Description
Old fashioned wooden Reed Organ with big rectangular foot pedals, twistable knobs running along above the keys and blinds that you can lift up.
Size
Length Overall: 4' 2 " ( 1270 mm ) Width: 2' 3 15/16" ( 710 mm ) Height: 5' 1 " ( 1550 mm )
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Object Registration
000098
Keywords
wooden, reed organ
Historical information
“The ‘Connoisseur’ Organ” made by Smith American Organ Co. (Boston, Mass.)
sold and distributed in Australia by S. Marshall & Sons. Adelaide

Details about the Maker - Smith American
The Smith American Company was originally established by S.D. Smith and H.W. Smith as early as 1852. First known as the Smith American Organ Company, the firm was located in Boston and built high end parlor organs and melodeons.
In the early 1880s the firm began building pianos and the name of the firm was changed to "The Smith American Organ & Piano Company".
In 1889, the firm acquired The Regal Piano Company from the New England Piano Company, and the firm was known as "The Smith American Piano Company" by the 1890s.
The Smith American Piano Company built and controlled the Regal Piano Company line until 1903. Many of the instruments by Smith American were also labeled as 'The Palace Of Music'.
It appears that the Smith American firm went out of business in the first part of the 20th Century.

Web ref : http://antiquepianoshop.com/online-museum/smith-american/

When Made
circa 1881
Made By
Smith American Organ Co (Maker)
Significance
Historic - Reed Organ
Inscriptions & Markings
S. Marshall & Sons. Adelaide
Last updated
23 Oct 2019 at 12:27PM