York, Pa.-made Weaver Organs &; Pianos: ‘You have a wife, do not deceive her, but grace your parlor with a Weaver’

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To promote York, Pa.’s, Weaver Organ and Piano Co., marketers turned to poetry, of a sort. The company went out of business in the late 1950s, but its organs and pianos have become collector’s items. The company’s big brick building stands empty on North Broad Street in York. Additional fliers can be seen here. Also of interest: Junior Curators exhibit: The name of Lefty York of York, Pa., lives on and The organ: ‘It is a whole orchestra in itself’ and All Made in York posts from the start.

A Towson, Md., church, Babcock Presbyterian, has a 1908 Weaver pump organ, style Favorite Oak 30, #57513, that we would like to sell.
A commenter on a recent York Town Square post about the venerable York musicmaker asked that anyone interested in purchasing the instrument should contact him via the following email: rwwaters@comcast.net.
I commented back urging him to be patient and avoid large trash pickup. Someone will want it… .


The York County Heritage Trust’s Agricultural and Industrial Museum has a large display of such instruments and would be a repository for information on Weaver.
All this gives me an opportunity to pass on a few more comments on Weaver products, courtesy of York’s Dan Meckley, whose father worked there for years.
The Weaver pump organs were popular with overseas missionaries because they could be used in places that lacked electricity. The same was true in U.S. churches where the instruments could be carted outside the church building for picnics, vacation Bible school, and other outings. Indeed, Meckley pointed out some of the pump organs had handles so they could be easily carried.
Another commenter on the post asked about a fixture missing from the top of his Weaver instrument, probably a mirror.
A mirror on an organ?
That no doubt was used for the organist to keep track of the order of worship, the choir director’s cues etc.
Dan also provided an interesting tidbit that would strike anyone entering Weaver’s Broad Street factory – the smell of glue.
The sticky paste came from the glue factory, final repository for rendered horses and other animals. The glue for instruments was vital for proper sealing of organ parts and joints.
Finally, for those seeking a bit more information on Weaver instruments, visit The Antique Piano Shop’s Web site.
There, viewers can see the various instruments made by York craftsmen with the appraisal: “The extant Weaver instruments we have seen come through our restoration shop have been very well made pianos, indicating that Weaver built a higher grade of instrument.”
Perhaps the Towson church check out that restoration company’s site.

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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