The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 2743

Builder Identification

Louisville, Kentucky, from 1884. (Succeeding Henry Pilcher & Sons)

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1991). —

    Established [as H. Pilcher & Sons] by Henry Pilcher [II] and sons Henry W. and William E. Pilcher in Louisville, Kentucky, 1874; renamed Henry Pilcher's Sons, 1884; incorporated 1925; acquired by M. P. Möller firm of Hagerstown, Maryland, 1944.

    Staff: Louis F. Adams; Thomas P. Archer; Joseph Brown; Jack Carr; Augustus F. Clark; Robert F. Crone; James Day; Charles Dietz; (Alfred G. Ellniger?); S. H. Fargher; Adolph Fressmegger; Donald C. Gilley; Will Guenther; John A. Gunter; Edward C. Haury; Henry Haury; William I. Hitchcock; Herbert E. Kinsley; Sylvester E. Kohler; Louis Luberoff; O. G. Malmquist; George Marshall; Ira L. Moser; John V. Pilcher; Paul B. Pilcher; Robert E. Pilcher; Raymond Price; Adolph C. Reuter; Benjamin F. Sperbeck; Anthony Spevere; Harjung Tchakarian; Robert Wilson; David Woodall; John Wright.

    Sources:
    • Diapason Apr. 1925, 16.
    • Diapason May 1925, 8.
    • Diapason Aug. 1944, 1.
    • David Junchen, Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 2 (Pasadena: Showcase Publications 1990), 464.
    • Piano and Organ Purchaser’s Guide, Purchaser’s Guide to the Music Industries, (published by Music Trades, New York)
    • Organ Handbook (Organ Historical Society 1986), 20.
    • Tracker 19:2, 12.
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  • For help in locating a particular Pilcher family member or firm name/location, refer to Pilcher Family - Overview.

    The Overview contains:

    • A summary of the family's organbuilding history in the United States.
    • The Pilcher Family Tree of Organ Builders courtesy of Bynum Petty, OHS Archivist.
    • A list of the various company names used by family members.

Database Entries

There are 1687 entries in the database that describe organs by Henry Pilcher's Sons.


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Nameplate. Photograph by Jim Cook

Builder's nameplate. Photograph by Joe Hughes

Nameplate. Photograph by Jim Cook

Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by Lawrence T. Sprinkle

Console detail: stop tablets and nameplate. Photograph by Tim Bovard

Console and Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by Brad Cunningham

Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by John J. Miller

Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by Matthew Edwards

Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by Roger Chaussee