Melodeon (lap organ)

about 1845–50
A. Prescott & Son (American, active in 1845–1850)

Object Place: Concord, New Hampshire, United States


Length 57.6 cm, width 29.2 cm, height with bellows compressed 12.4 cm (Length 22 11/16 in., width 11 1/2 in., height with bellows compressed 4 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Rosewood, maple, ivory

Not On View


Americas, Musical Instruments




Stamped by swell knob: A. PRESCOTT / MANUFACTURER / CONCORD N.H.; stamped inside case: 699; handwritten in pencil at bottom of storage box: Mr. EIijah J. Budd's Melodion & Box; printed broadside glued inside lid of storage box: ABRAHAM PRESCOTT & SON, / MANUFACTURERS OF / SERAPHINES AND MELODIONS, / PREMIUM BASS AND DOUBLE BASS VIOLS, / AND DEALERS IN / Musical Instruments, Umbrellas, Parasols, &c. &c. / Instruments and Umbrellas Repaired at short notice, and / WARRANTED. / Opposite the Columbian Hotel, Concord, N. H. / Care should be taken in blowing the Melodion, to give a steady / pressure, as a sudden motion may injure its tone. / Morrill, Silsby & Co., Printers, Concord, N.H.


Before 1897, Elijah J. Budd (1823-1897), Newark, New York, who played it in a Methodist Church. Presumably, by descent to his granddaughter, Esther W. Rogers, and then to one of her relatives, Edward Weissman, Portsmouth, New Hampshire; by 2002, sold by Weissman to Michael E. Reese, Thomaston, Maine; 2002, sold by Reese to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 25, 2002)

Credit Line

Samuel Putnam Avery Fund