Rare JEWETT AND GOODMAN "walkaround" Reed Organ

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  • Item Category: Entertainment
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Oct 27, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House

You are Bidding on a rare Jewett and Goodman Reed melodian/pump organ

I have collected reed organs and melodians for many years. I bought this one about 7 years ago from an antiques dealer.

First of all I should tell you a little bit about this piece.

Jewett and Goodman was based in CLEVELAND OHIO. They were well known and respected for manufacture of a fine line of melodians and reed organ. This particular model, Serial No 4 016 is what is known as a "walkaround" model. The rear part of the case is finished and designed to be seen unlike most pump organs that have a lesser grade wood on the back and were meant to be pushed up against a wall. This paricular instrument was designed to be "center stage" so to speak in one formal music parlor. This was in its day a higher dollar instument as opposed to the more common Estey or Sears organs. It was the unsusual case design, made of rosewood that I was drawn to. My plans were to conduct a full restoration on this one but I have too many and not enough time, so I am reluctantly offering this for sale.

Condition: The case is rosewood and would benefit from a good cleaning and a "french polish" t are some nicks and t as would be expected of a piece built in the 1860's. The pumps work but t is air seepage and the Bellows will need to be redone, It plays
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