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Object Name Organ, Pump
Other Name WWI Field Organ
Caption Bilhorn ad from missionary magazine "The Chinese Recorder", Vol. 37, 1906
Description Bilhorn Model V folding portable pump reed organ, sometimes called a field organ, telescope organ, missionary's organ, or chaplain's organ.

Peter Philip Bilhorn, an evangelist singer and composer, invented a portable pump organ for field use by evangelists, teachers, and in this case, the military. He founded the Bilhorn Brothers Organ Co. (sometimes called simply the Bilhorn Organ Co.) in 1885, with his brother George E. Bilhorn. The company, which also published religious music, was extant until at least 1941.

The donor described this as a "WWI field organ".

Donated in memory of Dr. R.C. Britt, long-time friend of the Museum.
Accession# 2017.001
Object ID 2017.001
Collection R.C. Britt Collection
Creator Bilhorn, Peter Philip
Contributing Creator Bilhorn, George E.
Subjects Bilhorn Brothers Organ Co.
Bilhorn Organ Co.
World War, 1914-1918--Music and the war.
Reed organs
Organs--1880-1930.
Date ca. 1917
Year Range from 1885
Year Range to 1918