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Snetzler Pipe Organ

Snetzler Pipe Organ

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This pipe organ was made by John Snetzler in London, England, in 1761. It has a single keyboard, with a compass of GG/c - e3 (no GG3, AA#, BB). The organ’s stop list is as follows:

8' Open Diapason (treble only)
8' Stopped Diapason
4' Flute
2' Fifteenth
II Sesquialtera (bass)
II Cornet (treble)
Swell shutter in lid of case
Machine stop

Dr. Samuel Bard of Philadelphia and New York, a physician who attended George Washington, is believed to have imported this organ from England shortly after its manufacture. Signed and dated :john Snetzler fecit London 1761” inside the pallet box under the keyboard, this instrument is typical of the many chamber organs many by Snetzler.

In addition to its use in Dr. Bard's homes, this organ was moved to the Episcopal Church of Hyde Park, New York, and several other locations. While on loan to the Collection of the New York State Historical Society in Cooperstown, N.Y., it was purchased by the Smithsonian from heirs of its original owner, restored in the shop of C. B. Fisk, and accessioned in the collections in 1969.

Currently not on view
Object Name
Snetzler Pipe Organ
date made
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 95 in x 58 in x 35 in; 241.3 cm x 147.32 cm x 88.9 cm
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accession number
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Music & Musical Instruments
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National Museum of American History
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