Lovely Civil War Era Portable Melodeon in Rosewood Cabinet
This is a beautiful melodeon built by The New Haven Melodeon Company circa about 1865. These instruments are small reed organs that are operated by pumping the large iron right pedal...the left pedal is volume control and operates a swell shutter. During the mid 19th Century, these little melodeons were often the only form of musical entertainment in Rural America. This style of melodeon is known as a "Portable Melodeon" and it's legs are designed to fold up under the instrument for easy transport. This melodeon is made of beautiful Rosewood with elegantly carved legs and carved moldings. These early instruments are very rare and desirable today.