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Melodeon (lap organ)

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Music: Sicilian Mariner's Hymn to the Virgin, traditional, 1794 (performed by Darcy Kuronen)


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

about 1845–50

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.)

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Medium or Technique

Rosewood, maple, ivory


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones