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Parlor organs embodied three important Victorian ideals: mother, home and heaven. The ability to play an organ was the mark of the genteel Victorian lady, the keeper of family culture and manners. The organ player convened the family by leading them to sing popular hymns. The parlor organ extended the woman's influence within the home, strengthened family unity and reinforced their shared piety.


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Estey Organ

maker   Estey Organ Company
date   c. 1887
location   Brattleboro, Vermont
diameter   22.5"
width   54.0"
height   64.0"
process/materials   wood
item type   Communication/Musical Tools and Equipment
accession #   #1988.23.01

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