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Orchestrion

M. Welte & Sonscirca 1890

The Frick Pittsburgh

The Frick Pittsburgh

Henry Clay Frick acquired this Orchestrion in 1892. The Orchestrion is a freestanding mechanical instrument that imitates orchestral music; ours replicates nine instruments and has over 200 pipes. First placed in Clayton's parlor, its weight (approx. 3,000 pounds) caused the floor to sag; the Orchestrion was then moved to the porch, which was enclosed to protect it. A musical status symbol and showpiece of the Fricks' newly enlarged home when installed, the Orchestrion remains a unique feature of Clayton.

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  • Title: Orchestrion
  • Creator: M. Welte & Sons
  • Date: circa 1890
  • Location Created: Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • Type: Musical Instrument

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