|Title:||George Prince & Co. Melodeon|
|Date/Era/Period:||patented May 1856|
|Item URL:||Click Here To View|
|Description:||This is an old melodeon that looks like a table when its closed.It is a small organ that looks like a miniature square piano|
|Condition:||Given its age, I would say it is very nice . The top when it's closed still has some shine left to it, minor scratches, there is a piece of decorative molding missing on the right corner, the fabric behind the decorative cutout molding is rotting, there is a large water stain when you open it up and fold back the top, there are very small pieces of veneer missing here and there (very few). It does play very well and I believe there are no missing parts.|
|Origin:||I bought this at an estate sale in the small village that I have lived in all my life. It came from the home of a lovely woman who passed away 2 years ago at the age of 101. It was in her "music" room along with an organ and an upright piano. The family said it has been there as long as they could rmember.|
|Provenance:||Not to my knowlege|
|Appraised By:||George Smith|
|History Of The Item:||Your antique melodeon which was made by George A Prince of Buffalo is an example of the first generation of organs that used suction bellows instead of blowing bellows to produce sound...early bellow models had wide tone variations and the tones would wander producing an eerie sound and it was this problem that was solved by 2 employee's of this Company..George Prince was the biggest manufacturer of reed organs in Buffalo and nationwide and gets most of the attention and credit for this invention when it was his employees known as Jeremiah Carhart and Elias Parkman who developed this patented suction bellow which was the success behind this organ....George Prince who migrated from the Boston area, was the Bill Gates of his era in that he had the drive to put this musical instrument on the map making it more popular than the more costly piano..|
|Appraiser Tips:||this organ is well worth having maintenance work performed on it even though very little would be required....the water stain appears to be the result of a leaking plant pot and removing this stain would greatly enhance the appearance of this classic vintage organ...|
|Research Sources:||exposure to the vintage piano and organ market for many years as well as online and offline resourcing...there is a huge history of this company under "george prince and company organs"..|
|Appraiser Comments:||Your antique organ is a rare and valuable instrument which has huge desirability amongst the collector market for vintage piano/organs....the lines are classic and the condition is considered to by quite good given it's age...this model was quite the deluxe model as the cover, when down, made a great place to place photo frames and other decorative pieces such as candlebra's, statues and plants..this piece is circa 1870's and is one of the nicer pieces I have seen in a long while...not a great deal of this deluxe model were made and even less exist in operating condition and with the eye appeal that your example has...good piece with a beautiful family history of over a hundred years..not readily replaceable..|
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