Folding reed organ

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Description Folding reed organ, Estey Organ Company, Brattleboro, Vermont, circa 1935. The organ was used as a part of a military chaplain's field equipment during World War II. After the war, it was used in programs at the Fort Snelling post hospital. The organ has 49 keys and is operated by pumping two bellows with two foot pedals. The entire unit collapses into a wooden crate for easy transport.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 40 inches height (open)
20 inches height (closed)
30 1/2 inches width
19 inches depth (open)
11 1/2 inches depth (closed)
Nomenclature Reed organ
Place Subject: Fort Snelling Post Hospital (Building #55), Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Creation Made by: Estey Organ Company
Made in Brattleboro, Windham County, Vermont, United States
Subjects Used at: Fort Snelling
Made in Brattleboro, Windham County, Vermont, United States
Used in Fort Snelling, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Used during World War II
Military. 1939-1945 (World War II). Equipment & Supplies
Music. Instruments. Keyboard Instruments
Dates Creation: Not earlier than 1935 - Not later than 1940

Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 2010.111.1

User Comments

  • Thomas Zeyl on August 2, 2015 05:48:24 PM

    I recently purchased a similar organ to the one you have. I was wondering who you had "fix" or tune the one you have. Thanks for your time

  • Photo and Art Database Admin on August 3, 2015 11:21:42 AM

    MNHS acquired this folding reed organ in 2009. Our objects conservator performed treatment shortly after its acquisition. The organ was fully disassembled for cleaning, after which all keys were found to be in working condition. Tuning was checked with an electronic tuner. While the tuning was not perfect, it was deemed adequate for museum purposes, which generally do not include playing the organ. We suggest you start by contacting a local musical instrument repair shop or professional instrument tuner to get a recommendation for a more specialized tuner, specifically for pianos or more specifically organs. If you know the make and model of your instrument you could search online, as there may be specialists but they are often located in another state. Depending on condition and model, restoration work could be a significant expense.

  • Mary Ames Booker on January 3, 2018 10:28:45 AM

    Do you have additional photos of this artifact? We have one in our collections on the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA (World War II ship) that we are restoring. Some detail photos could be helpful. I can supply photos of our artifact. Thanks. Mary Ames Booker, Curator, Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, Wilmington NC

  • Photo and Art Database Admin on February 5, 2018 11:01:54 AM

    MNHS has additional images taken to document the conservation treatment of this object; these images do not meet MNHS quality standards for online publication but have been shared via email.

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