DRAFT Folding Organ JJ


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Folding Organ, Style JJ, #403256

Estey Organ Company

Manufactured in 1916

Estey advertised this folding reed organ as “a treasure for missionaries or traveling singers” and “easily transported and always adequate.”


  • Oak case
  • Collapses into a compact carrying case (33” L x 14”W x 12”H)
  • Leather carrying handles


Manual                4 octaves, C compass

Keys                    49 keys

Air Source          2 pedal blowers

Stops                    no stops

Reed Synopsis   49 reeds

Knee Lever        right knee swell


  • Some of the first music heard by settlers in the American West was played on an organ like this one.
  • During World War 1, Estey folding organs were used by U.S. Army chaplains.
  • Gift of Ed and Judy Johnston (archive says Jeanne Cole)


Source: sign, database, np tour, Gellerman, waring

Do we know anything of the history of this particular organ?