The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 580

Builder Identification

Boston, Massachusetts, c. 1858-1865

Additional Notes

  • Note from the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1991). Edited for the revised OHS Online Database website, 2017. —

    James L. Bickforth (Bickford?); With E. & G. G. Hook of Boston, Massachusetts, c. 1858-1865, pipemaker.

    Sources:

    • Barbara Owen.
    • Tracker, 2:3, p6.
    •  

  • From the Builders Listing Editors, Charles Eberline and Stephen Hall, March 8, 2017. —

    The article cited in The Tracker is Robert J. Reich, “Builders Marks,” Tracker 2, no. 3 (April 1958): 6. The information there is as follows: “Newburyport, Mass., Greek Orthodox Church, formerly Second Presbyterian, E. & G. G. Hook, opus 261, 1859. On Hautboy, TC pipe, ‘Boston, Aug. 6, 1859, James L. Bickforth’.

    Three years later, in another article by the same author: "Robert J. Reich, “Fire!,” Tracker 6, no. 2 (January 1962): 1, 8, on Hook & Hastings opus 358 in the Congregational Church in Orwell, Vermont. On page 8, there is the following information: “The Oboe has parallel shallots, and the Keraulophon bears this notation: ‘Ker. Scale 52 F' - Jas. L. Bickford, Boston, March 16, 1865.’" This is almost certainly the same person as James L. Bickforth.

    As further evidence, Boston city directories of the period contain several references to "James L. Bickford, organ maker"; No person with the last name “Bickforth” is listed in any of the Boston directories of this period.

     

  • See also: E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings Co.

Database Entries

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