Highlighting the oral, material and built history of Franklin County, New York.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Mason and Hamlin Reed Organ
From the collection of the Franklin County Historical and Museum Society (1972.193.1):
This Mason and Hamlin Reed Organ is on display at the House of History museum in the formal parlor. It is a pump organ, rather than an electric organ. The organist pumps the two pedals at the base to produce a sound while playing the keyboard. The five round knobs, or stops, can be pulled in order to create specific tones. The Mason & Hamlin Organ Company was founded in Boston in 1854 and made reed organs until 1927. This small chapel-style organ belonged to the Westville Methodist Church, and is like those that could also be found in the parlors of fine homes. Ca. late 1880s. Donated by the Westville Methodist Church.