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Flight & Robson, London, 1805-1832. (1820ca.)

Location:

Private residence in Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA 19103 US
Sitting room
Organ ID: 70058

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Private Residences
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, used occasionally.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on January 19, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • 5 ranks. 278 pipes.
Paul R. Marchesano on January 19, 2022:

Purchased at auction at Christie's, New York, from Rudolph Nureyev collection. Catalog description: "Inscribed: Flight & Robson Organ Builders TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE Prince Regent No. 101 St. Martin's Lane, LONDON; the case of mahogany, the upper sections extensively carved in a gothic manner, with 21 non-speaking gilt facade pipes, the 58-note keyboard with ivory naturals and ebony accidentals, with the divided manual compass (bottom G, A, A#, B play the notes from the 16' series when the Stopped Diapason Bass is drawn; short bottom octave), eight handstops with ivory knobs (Left- Open Diapason: 8'; Left- Stopped Diapason Bass: 8'; Right- Stopped Diapason Treble: 8'; Left- Principal Bass: 4'; Right - Principal Treble: 4'; Left- Fifteenth Bass: 2'; Right- Fifteenth Treble: 2'; Right - Hautboy: 8'), three iron pedals to the front, plus one iron pump pedal, the barrell playing mechanism with brass and rosewood crank pumped by brass and rosewood lever."

Pipes were apparently altered for equal temperament but were put back into a mean tone. Electric blower supplied (but foot and hand pedals still operate bellows). There is one barrel with hymn tunes with the organ. A second barrel is referred to on a label inside the organ but that is lost.

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on January 19, 2022.
From Christie's catalog: Open In New Tab Originally published 1995
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Paul R. Marchesano on January 19, 2022.

Instrument Images:

Organ free standing in corner, front view: Photograph by Len Levasseur, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken on 2014-04-17

Case in corner, slight angle view: Photograph by Len Levasseur, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken on 2014-04-17

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