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barrel organ

Barrel Organ. Address of manufacturers: No. 116 Leadenhall St. London. Index card reads: Barrel organ, PISTOR; Miss Powell-Cotton. No maker's name now appears on this organ, but the attribution of Pistor is thought to be beyond doubt. Four Stops (stopped Diapason 8', Principal 4', Twelfth 2.2/3', Fifteenth 2'; the first stopped wood, the three latter open metal). Five barrels, 75 cms. Keyboard length, one in a wooden case and three in cradles (for tunes see over). 27 notes. Late 18th century. Restored mechanically in 1971 by John Budgen of Bishop & Sons, Ipswich. No tonal restoration was required. The casework needs restoration, having become shabby but not greatly damaged. Langwill & Boston 61,106. Height (less finial): 1895 mm; width: 985 mm; depth: 555 mm; REVERSE OF CARD: Barrel V: The Horse and His Rider: Water parted from the Sea: Worthy is the Lamb. Barrel II: (sic): White Cockade; Maggy Lawder; Heyden's Fancey; Capn. Mackingtosh; La Belle Catherine; La Storace; Minnett; Guard's March; The Harriet; Lady Townsend's Fancy. Barrel III: Coronation Anthem: For Unto Us a Child is Born. Barrel IV: (sic): Halliluya Chorus 3'50": Lift up your Heads: 3'5"; Glory to God 1'40"; Barrel I: Unmarked. Some casework restoration by Horniman Museum technicians October 1971.

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