Simmons & Clough
The illustrious firm of Clough & Warren was originally established by A. A. Simmons and James E. Clough in 1850 as The Simmons & Clough Organ Company in Detroit, Michigan. George P. Warren replaced Simmons in 1874, changing the name of the firm to Clough & Warren.
Clough & Warren built some of the most elaborate and expensive pianos and organs in American history. The firm had factories in both Detroit and Adrian, Michigan and their organs were distributed all over the United States and Canada. Their instruments were incredibly ornate, often being made of rare and exotic woods and inlay.
In the late 19th Century, the firm began building pianos in addition to their organ line. In addition to Clough & Warren, the firm built pianos and organs under the brand names of Warren, Wayne, and Marville.
In 1910, Clough & Warren stopped building pianos & organs and built only phonographs. Warren then left the firm and established The Warren Piano Company, moving his company coincidentally to Warren, PA. Warren built pianos under the names of Warren, Thomas Cook & Son, and The Wittifield Piano Company. Warren also continued to build pianos under the Clough & Warren brand in Michigan until the 1920’s era. The Warren Piano Company remained a viable manufacturer until the Great Depression era.
INSTRUMENT CATALOGS & EPHEMERA
Can you find your instrument listed in these antique catalogs?
Rare 19th Century Victorian Sales Catalog from Simmons & Clough Organ Company, Circa 1873
Mid-19th Century Advertisement For The Simmons & Clough Organ Company, Predecessors To The Clough & Warren Piano & Organ Company
Clough & Warren Organ Advertisements
19th Century Organ Advertisements For Clough & Warren, Successors To Simmons & Clough Organ Company
Turn-Of-The-Century Piano Advertisements For Clough & Warren, Successors To Simmons & Clough Organ Company