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WE have an antique pump organ which we are attempting to

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WE have an antique pump organ which we are attempting to value. 10 stop parlor organ Chicago Cottage/Cable brand
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Customer: It has a number 224601 stenciled on back. Also S.5 and B & S stenciled on back also
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Musical Instrument Appraisal
Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for your question. My name is***** will be a pleasure to help you.

The records for the Chicago Cottage Organ & Piano Company are quite limited. It does say that the business was established in 1879 by F. R. Wolfinger, J. C. Comstock and Herman D. Cable as the Wolfinger Organ Co. The name was changed to the Chicago Cottage Organ Co. in about 1885. There are only a few serial number details. The serial number you have given would be pre 1907 perhaps circa 1900.

I am sorry to say that there is not much of a market for these old organs because there is very little interest in them apart from as a novelty factor. They invariably do not always work very well due to lack of use. They sometimes have some quite ornate tops with shelving and mirrors and thus they are used more now as a piece of furniture. Therefore the price obtained if selling, even for a fully working and/or partly restored instrument, can be under $500 and often at auction they sell for their furniture aspect only for less than $100. I am sorry it is not better news.

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Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 1 year ago.

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