Barrel Organs

Portable organ “Flutepan”

    Portable organ “Flutepan”

    Austria-Hungary, Kratzau

    Circa 1905

    Josef Riemer's Söhne

    Wood, metal, brass, steel, leather, fabric, mirror; casting, carpentry, lathing, marquetry, varnishing

    105 х 65 х 112 cm, 60 kg

    On facade: “Flutepan Josef Riemer' Söhne Kratzau”. On stickers: “PROGRAMM.”, “1. Münchner Kindl Walzer”, “2. Flozider Marsch”, “Rheinischen Müdischen Walzer”, “4. Weißt du norsch? Marsch”, “5....Marsch”, “6. … Walzer”, “7. ...zurih Blutschen Foxtrott”, “8. Alte Kameraden Marsch”. On rear lid inner side: “Joseph Riemer Krotzau”


    Organ in wooden case, on pedestal with feet, with brass figured onlays on the side ribs, walnut veneered with ornament in marquetry technique, with two hinged lids with hook locks. Ornament in the marquetry technique is on the pedestal front side. Two oval mirrors in the triple frame are higher. The image of a lyre surrounded by laurel branches and golden colour inscription "Flutepan Josef Riemer's Söhne Kratzau" are between the mirrors. Façade upper part is covered with green fabric. Twenty-seven golden colour metallic piccolo pipes with black cover plugs are in front of it. Frames with geometric ornament and brackets for a belt are on the light-brown lateral sides. Removable pinned barrel lid with an aperture for the axis and a slider handle are in the triple fame on the right side. A crank in the form of an anchor, raising and lowering a key frame in the working position, is on upper part of the left side. The pinned barrel knife and bolt mechanism is below. Two lids with hook locks are on the top panel. Set of wooden flue pipes is visible under the front lid. The inscription "Joseph Riemer Krotzau" and several damaged stickers are on the rear lid inner surface. A handwritten list of tunes in German is on the top sticker. Pinned barrel for eight tunes and key frame with thirty-nine keys, according to the number of basic tones are under the rear lid. With the key frame raised, the barrel can be set in one of eight positions according to the selected melody. Metal crank with a wooden handle is on the rear side.

    When the crank is rotated, the worm gear rotates the shaft, and the crank gear activates the working bellows, which pump air into the wind chest with valves. Pins and bridges on the barrel raise the reading levers that open the valves of the respective pipes; the air from the wind chest enters the pipes and makes them sound. The organ is mounted on brown trolley with wooden handle, shock absorbers and wooden wheels with rubber rims. Music media: pinned barrel.