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I have a Hinners organ, which is missing only one ivory key

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I have a Hinners reed organ, which is missing only one ivory key overlay; otherwise, it works just fine. It's a chapel organ, so the back is carved to match the front, and it is small, without the high Victorian stuff that goes against the wall. It's a dark oak finish, with the original finish. What do I do with it?
JA: I always love having an appraiser look at my stuff. Sometimes its turned out to be surprisingly valuable.
Customer: Unfortunately, I live at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, so there aren't appraisers floating around the area. I guess a better question would be, how would I find an appraiser? I suppose I could contact the Organ Historical Society?
JA: Is there anything else the Antiques Appraiser should be aware of?
Customer: Don't think so -- I grew up with this in the house, and my father was given the organ by a deconsecrated church near our home because he had helped some of the members of the former church.
JA: No, you can ask a one off question to try things out.
Customer: Okay -- thanks for your help. Let me think about it a bit more.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  ExpertAppraiser replied 8 months ago.

Thanks for the question! The good news is that you have a gorgeous organ, but the bad news is that the market for late 19th/early 20th century organs is very small. At auction, other Hinners reed pump organs can sell for less than $100 (see: https://new.liveauctioneers.com/item/2395614_hinners-victorian-oak-pump-organ). I would try listing it through church message boards and through peer-to-peer venues like Craigslist for $250 to 450, or so. You may be able to donate it to a church for a tax deduction as well. Here is one that has been offered on eBay for some time at the $475 level, see also: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Oak-Hinners-Organ-Co-/301458728934?hash=item46305727e6:g:1GcAAOSw6aVUndkf - but unfortunately, the value for these is largely decorative as most organists want a newer model with "all the stops" (so to speak).

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