The Bilhorn, folding portable organ was invented by Peter Philip Bilhorn around 1885. Peter Bilhorn was an evangelist singer and composer who invented the portable organ for his evangelistic activities. He and his brother founded the Bilhorn Brother Organ Company in Chicago. The instruments were sold in big department stores such as Sears & Roebuck. The company exhibited the organs at numerous World Fairs where they were awarded six Grand Prizes for greatest volume, greatest variety of tone, sweetest quality in tone, highest excellence in materials, workmanship, compactness & finish, and mechanical ingenuity.
Charles H. Templeton Sr. Music Museum
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Sears, Roebuck and Company, "The Billhorn Organ" (1885). Instrument Collection. 69.
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