Organ owned by Henry Long and family

Created by
E.P. Carpenter & Company, American, 1852 - 1900
Owned by
Long, Henry L., American, ca. 1882 - 1935
wood, metal, ivory and mirrored glass
70 x 46 3/4 x 23 3/4 in. (177.8 x 118.7 x 60.3 cm)
Overall with Weight (Organ with mirror): 215 lb. (97.5 kg)
Overall with Weight (Organ without mirror): 210 lb. (95.3 kg)
Overall with Weight (Mirror): 5 lb. (2.3 kg)
organs (aerophones)
musical instruments
Place made
Brattleboro, Windham County, Vermont, United States, North and Central America
Place used
Seneca, Oconee County, South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
ca. 1898
This organ was purchased by Mr. Henry L. Long, a Pullman Porter in Seneca, Carolina, in 1911. It was used by his family for gatherings and celebrations.
A parlor style reed or pump organ (2012.7.1a) and mirror (2012.7.1b) made by E.P. Carpenter & Company and owned by Henry L. Long. The organ is made of wood with a natural, medium tone finish showing the wood grain. It has two ornately wrought metal foot pumps at the center bottom of the instrument. The keyboard has 36 white keys and 25 black keys. Above the keyboard is a black panel set into the organ which reads [Carpenter / Company.] on the PR side and [Brattleboro / Vt. U.S.A.] on the PL. In the center are two sets of five stops, each with a different name to indicate which pipes they control. The hutch section of the organ is decorated with wood applique. In the upper middle of the hutch is a horizontal rectangular space for the mirror (2012.7.1b) which is currently detached.
African American
Domestic life
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from the Family of Henry L. Long
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 2, C 2053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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