Melodeon (lap organ)

about 1840
Abraham Prescott (American, 1789–1858)


Object Place: Concord, New Hampshire, United States

Dimensions

Length 47.7 cm, width 26.1 cm, height with bellows compressed 12 cm (Length 18 3/4 in., width 10 1/4 in., height with bellows compressed 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

64.2377

Medium or Technique

Rosewood

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Aerophones

Compass F to a”. Rectangular walnut case with double bellows. Two removable maple covers with slides for the contrasting forte and piano effects; the slides are moved by a sliding lever.

Provenance

Before 1964, Alice Prescott Harmon; by 1964, by descent to her son, Carl Harmon, Medfield, Massachusetts; 1964, gift of Harmon to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 23, 1985)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. Carl Harmon in memory of his mother, Alice Prescott Harmon