Prescott Reed Organ (Melodeon)

Prescott Reed Organ (Melodeon)

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This reed organ was made by Abraham Prescott in Concord, New Hampshire, around 1835-1837. It is a small melodeon, with a rosewood case, single keyboard, with a compass of C-c3, and a pedal activated bellows suspended below the instrument. The instrument is marked:


Abraham Prescott (1789-1858) was an early American maker of melodeons, who concentrated on them after setting up his shop in Concord, New Hampshire in 1831. "Melodeon" is defined as a reed organ with a simple stand, rather than a cabinet-style enclosure, which descends to the floor. Reed organs gradually went out of fashion, as upright pianos became affordable and easily available around 1910.

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Object Name
date made
place made
United States: New Hampshire, Concord
Physical Description
rosewood (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
overall: 30 in x 28 3/4 in x 15 1/2 in; 76.2 cm x 73.025 cm x 39.37 cm
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accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Jay A. Lewis
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National Museum of American History
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