An antique organ which has been loaned to a church in East Austin is still in mint condition, despite being 150 years old. The organ has been lent to the Redeemer Presbyterian church by Harvard University as they have moved on to a newer model. According to experts, organs like this one can retain their sound quality for hundreds of years.
Thought to have been built in the 1850s, the organ has been made using chestnut wood, which is a rarity as most of the chestnut population was destroyed by blight in the early part of the 20th century. Mark Nelson, the organ installer said:
“The oldest extent organ that looks very similar to it, not the way it looks but it works the same way, was built in 1390 and is in a church in Sion, Switzerland.”
According to Nelson, an organ made of chestnut has usually been constructed from the salvaged wood of an antique organ such as the one in Switzerland. The organ at East Austin was played at services for weddings and funerals at a meeting house in New England, before being moved to Harvard University where it was frequently played during services. It will no doubt move on to some other deserving home during the next 150 years.
Antiques made from good quality materials will last for many years, often acquiring a fascinating history as they are handed down through generations. Fine antiques are frequently discovered in the United Kingdom, where you will discover items like antique dining tables . Lancashire has a host of expert antique dealers who can help you find just what you are looking for.
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