|Object ID #||1966.010.001|
|Title||1846 Patent Prince & Co. Melodeon|
|Lexicon category||6: T&E For Communication|
|Year Range from||1846|
|Year Range to||1900|
|Made||Prince & Co., Buffalo, New York|
|Place of Origin||Buffalo, New York, United States of America|
|Description||PRINCE & CO. melodeon, 1846 patent. It is predominately a wooden item. It closes down to create a rectangular box-like top.|
Someone noted that this is an "Improved Melodeon No. 16,296 Manufactured by Prince & Co. Patented Dec. 28, 1846".
The donor's representative reported that it was purchased on Feb. 16, 1856, by George Spencer. Mr. Spencer brought it to Owen Sound, Canada West.
It was last owned by Maud E. Ainslie, one of his grand-daughters (who lived in Leith, Owen Sound and Toronto). It was found amidst her estate items in Toronto in 1966.
|Collection||Musical Instruments & Accessories Collection|
|Dimensions||H-29 W-37 D-17.5 inches|
|Found||Grey County, Ontario/Toronto|
Ainslie, Maude Emma
|Function||A melodeon is a small reed organ with a five or six-octave keyboard, usually housed in a piano-like case. It produces its tones by drawing air in through suction. The air passes over metal reeds, activated by foot pedal bellows.|