The Smith American Company was originally established in Boston by S. D. Smith and H. W. Smith as early as 1852. First known as “The Smith American Organ Company”, the firm started out building high end parlor organs and melodeons. In the early 1880s, the firm began building pianos and the name of the firm was changed to “The Smith American Organ & Piano Company”. In 1889, the firm acquired The Regal Piano Company from The New England Piano Company, and the firm reorganized as “The Smith American Piano Company” by the 1890s. The Smith American Piano Company built and controlled the Regal Piano Company line until 1903. Many of the instruments by Smith American were also labeled as “The Palace Of Music”. It appears that the Smith American was out of business before The Great Depression.
INSTRUMENT CATALOGS & EPHEMERA
Can you find your instrument listed in these antique catalogs?
Late 19th Century Organ Sales Catalog from Smith American Organ Company, Circa 1877
Late 19th Century Organ Sales Catalog from Smith American Organ Company, Circa 1881
19th Century Piano Sales Catalog from Smith American Organ & Piano Company, Circa 1884