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I have an old pump organ and would like to find out how old ...

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I have an old pump organ and would like to find out how old it is the numbers i foud on the back of the organ are XII 449 671-41622 41642. can you help me?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: General
Expert:  Jan replied 6 years ago.

HelloCustomer

Can you tell me if there are any other marks or brand names on the organ? Do you know approximately what the dimensions are (height, length, width)? If you can provide other descriptive information, I'll see what I can find for you.

Jan

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Reply to Jan's Post: It Length is 48 inches height is 50" and it's 24 inches wide. On the front of the organ on the left hand side it says Story & Clark and on the right it says Chicago-USA also it has two flower shapes with mirrors as there center. I hope this helps!
Expert:  Jan replied 6 years ago.

That is great information. Let me see what I can find out for you.

Jan

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Reply to Jan's Post: Thank you that would be great.
                           Laura
Expert:  Jan replied 6 years ago.

Hi Laura,

Unfortunately, the information I’ve seen for specific Story & Clark organs did not include serial numbers so I was unable to pinpoint an exact date of manufacture. Based on the information I've read about the dates of pump organ production at Story & Clark, your organ was likely manufactured in the late 1800s. Since you indicated yours has a mirror and based on what I’ve seen, it sounds like you have a relatively ornate and tall organ. Story & Clark began in 1884. Clark left the company in 1900.

I thought you might like to see some photographs and descriptions of different S&C pump organs. Here are photos of Story and Clark organs and I’ve included their date
1899: http://www.rhea-antique-pump-organs.com/Organ%20List/Images/52.JPG
1890: http://www.rhea-antique-pump-organs.com/Organ%20List/Images/46.JPG
1874: http://www.reedsoc.org/organs/storyac2.htm
1890: http://www.rubylane.com/shops/harpgallery/item/M-O633

Here is the history of Story & Clark in case you would like some background about the company (starts on page 375):
http://books.google.com/books?id=J8Y5AAAAIAAJ&pg=RA1-PA376&lpg=RA1-PA376&dq=story+and+clark+organ+and+chicago+usa&source=web&ots=ozLM02du7z&sig=mn48hhAcA7ZkPnh-_vLZVEF-kBU&hl=en#PRA1-PA378,M1

Here’s another synopsis of the history of Story & Clark that I found: Story & Clark Organ Co., Chicago, IL; established in 1884 by Hampton L. Story and Melville Clark. H.L. Story organized the Story & Clark Organ Co. with Melville Clark, a reed organ builder, along with his son, Edward H. Story. The firm was incorporated in 1888 with E.H Story as president and Melville Clark as vice-president. The Story & Clark catalog for 1885 credits Melville Clark with building the first organ factory in Chicago. Story & Clark organs are noted for their metal stop knobs, used from about 1885 until about 1890, and after 1890 for the beautiful pink porcelain stop knobs. Organ production ceased about 1897-99. Clark left in 1900 to start the Melville Clark CO., and the business, trademarks and patents were sold to the Ann Arbor Organ Co. http://www.reedsoc.org/Organs/storyac2.htm

I hope this information is helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions about what I've provided.

Jan

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