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Church barrel organ

Tall case of oak panels, the centre front panel of the lower half of the case lifting out to allow access to the interior. Upper half of case front divided into three sections, with seven flat-backed, gilt wooden dummy pipes in the central section and five in each of the side sections, all backed with modern blue cotton fabric. Top of each section carved as Gothic-shaped arch, with ogee decoration, stylised Gothic leaves and central motif. Three pinned wooden barrels, painted pink, pale blue and yellow, each one labelled "T.C. Bates & Son, Organ Builders, 6 Ludgate Hill, London", and playing 10 hymns each. Clockwork drive to the barrels via a worm and wheel. Five ranks of pipes, (45 lead alloy and 27 wood in total) and five stops, marked "Fifteenth", "Principal", "Stopped Diapason", "Open Diapason", "Bourdon" on ivory stop-knobs. Foot pedal for bellows at back of case.

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    T. C. Bates & Son [Family]
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    National Museums Liverpool
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    London (Timezone: Europe/London)
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  • Inscriptions:Label: "T.C. Bates & Son, Organ Builders, 6 Ludgate Hill, London" on paper label on front of case
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  • Repository:National Museums Liverpool
  • Measurements:Height 2890mm, width 1195mm, depth 760mm