Small English pump organ

pump organ

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Here is a recent appraisal from Michelle’s column in Discover Vintage America:

Q: I have a small antique bellows organ my mother got from a rag and bone man who retrieved it from a small stone and thatched roof chapel in Filkins/Lechlade, England. I believe that the chapel was on an old estate. The trademark reads “The Hillier Organ Company”. We also have the stool. What can you tell me about it?

A: The Hillier Organ Co. operated from 1855-1906. Based on the decorative name label above the fingerboard your beautiful pump organ dates to the early 1900s. They were very popular and affordable for use in small chapels. At one time there was probably a mirror on the back, which allowed the organist to see the congregation.

As for resale value you could expect to get $150 to $250.

The pump organ is just not a popular instrument to play anymore as servicing them is very costly. The bellows are generally made of leather and over time the leather dries and breaks down. Most people who purchase them are looking to use them for decorative purposes.

note – All prices given are for sale in a private sale, antique shop or other resale outlet. Price is also dependent upon the geographic area in which you are selling. Auction value, selling to a dealer or pawnshop prices are about one half or less of resale value.

Written by Michelle Staley

Michelle Staley has over 35 years of experience as an antique collector, picker and dealer. She has done hundreds of insurance and IRS appraisals in addition to just satisfying another collector or dealer’s curiosity concerning what an item is, does or its worth. Other experience includes her work as a forensics consultant and in archeological identification and dating.

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