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Melodeon (lap organ)

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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.


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

about 1840

Object Place

Concord, New Hampshire, United States


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.)

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Medium or Technique



Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones