Austin & Dearborn Reed Organ (Melodeon)

Austin & Dearborn Reed Organ (Melodeon)

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Description (Brief)

This reed organ was made Austin & Dearborn in Concord, New Hampshire, around 1848-1852. It is a piano style melodeon, serial #304, with a rosewood case, single keyboard, with a compass of FF - f3, and two pedals (one missing). The instrument is stenciled:

Austin & Dearborn

Charles Austin (1813-1884) and David M. Dearborn (1810-1865) were musical instrument makers in Concord, New Hampshire. David M. Dearborn and his brother Andrew were apprentices for piano and organ maker Abraham Prescott in Concord, New Hampshire, in the early 1830s. Austin and Dearborn formed their musical instrument company in 1848. Dearborn is listed as President of the company. In 1852, Dearborn left the company, and both went on to other musical instrument making enterprises.

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Object Name
Organ (Melodeon)
date made
place made
United States: New Hampshire, Concord
Physical Description
rosewood (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
metal (overall material)
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Hugo Worch
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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