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Object ID # 1960.015.001
Object Name Organ, Reed
Title Doherty Pump Organ (1888)
Lexicon category 6: T&E For Communication
Date 1888
Made Wm. Doherty & Co.
Place of Origin Clinton, Huron County
Description WM. DOHERTY & CO. pump organ (Clinton, Ont.), 1888. Style 140. Serial number is 8577. This organ has foot pedals which pump the bellows to supply air to produce the sound.
The organ has six octaves, making it a shortened keyboard (a regular one has 11 octaves).
It has swell boxes and knee pedals. There are eleven stops: Diapason Bass, Principal Bass, Bass coupler, Bass Dulciana, Vox humana, Dulciana treble, Diapason Forte, Treble coupler, Vox Celeste, Diapason treble. There are currently two brass candlestick holders on movable hinges. These are not original to the organ and were donated by Mrs. Charles Lowther (see 1973.026.019 a&b). There are two side pillars going up to the bottom of the keyboard section.
The music stand has a carved, openwork [fretwork] leaf pattern. There are burled panels (to upper and three lower with bevelled edges--appears to be mostly walnut wood). Folding cover for the keyboard has two sets of three hinges. The foot pedals are carpeted. A manufacturer's warrenty label is present inside the back of the organ. A metal tuning key is nailed on the back of the organ with a strip of leather. 1960.15.2 is an organ stool that was historically used with this organ. Ivory and ebony keys.
Provenance The manufacturer's label dates it as 1888. It was manufactured by Wm. Doherty & Co. of Clinton, Ontario. An 1894 mercantile directory lists Wm. Doherty & Co. of Clinton, Ontario [Huron County] as organ manufacturers who were established in 1875.

Originally owned by Ida Stephens and John Nigh. They lived in Strathaven, Grey County on the Sydenham Township side of the town line. Last owned by Mrs. Elmer Brown.
Collection Musical Instruments & Accessories Collection
Material Wood/Ivory/Ebony/Metal/Carpet/Paper/Ink/Glue
Dimensions W-134 L-60.2 cm
Found Strathaven, Holland Township, Grey County
People Nigh, John
Function A musical instrument that was usually kept in a parlour area, for home entertainment purposes