A rare Wilhelm Bruder Söhne 48 keyless fairground organ, Waldkirch, Germany, 1926,
Lot 18
A rare Wilhelm Bruder Söhne 48 keyless fairground organ,
Waldkirch, Germany, 1926,

Lot Details
A rare Wilhelm Bruder Söhne 48 keyless fairground organ, Waldkirch, Germany, 1926, A rare Wilhelm Bruder Söhne 48 keyless fairground organ, Waldkirch, Germany, 1926, A rare Wilhelm Bruder Söhne 48 keyless fairground organ, Waldkirch, Germany, 1926,
A rare Wilhelm Bruder Söhne 48 keyless fairground organ, Waldkirch, Germany, 1926,
Model 79, Serial No. 3651, the fully restored movement and facade with electrically powered mechanism with 177 pipes, bass drum, cymbal, snare drum and glockenspiel, the specification as follows:

Melody;
Twenty-four notes
Two ranks violins
One rank Gedeckt flute

Forte;
One rank trumpet
Three ranks mixture
Glockenspiel

Accompaniment;
Seven notes
One rank bridged flues
One rank stopped flues

Bass;
Seven notes
One rank stopped bourdon
One rank cello

Trombones;
Five notes

Registers;
Forte;
Trumpet, mixture and glockenspiel
Piano: Violins and flutes

Bass drum and cymbal, snare drum

the carved and painted Art Nouveau style facade with central figure of a female automaton conductor with moving arm, the instrument is currently housed in a four wheeled trailer with lifting sides and integral electric motor as well as a 5kVa silenced generator, the piece is offered together with some original Wilhelm Bruder music, which has been identified as having been arranged by the famous Gustav Bruder, and more recently further arrangements by Gustav Bruder have been made into new music books and an extensive library of more modern arrangers has increased the repertoire to a duration of over four hours, facade 270 by 217cm, trailer 370 by 210 by 157cm
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Footnotes

  • The organ is very rare as only four of this particular design have been identified that have the "Jugenstil" or Art Nouveau style facade. Reputedly carved by the famous Joseph Dopp in Germany it is also likely that he carved the female conductor.

    The instrument underwent a painstaking three year restoration. The whole organ was cleaned, all pneumatic mechanisms were restored and re-leathered and the date 1926 was discovered pencilled inside the reservoir. All the original lead tubing remains in place, as do all the paper tubes leading to the pipes underneath the case. All the pipework and drum skins are original however the paintwork of the facade was particularly badly executed so the current new colour scheme was designed.

    This lot will not be available to view in the Knightsbridge saleroom. To make an appointment to view the piece, please contact the department directly.
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