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BuilderID 1186

Builder Identification

Ivoryton, Connecticut, c. 1860-after 1878..

Additional Notes

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

    Partner with Samuel M. Comstock in Comstock, Cheney & Co. of Ivoryton, Connecticut, c.1860, keyboards.


    • David L. Junchen, Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, vol. 2 (Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1989), 833.

  • See main entry: Comstock, Cheney & Co.


  • From the OHS Online Organ Database, Builders Listing editor (Hall), February 8, 2017. -

    George A. Cheney was born c. 1829. He was an ivory importer and salesman and became a partner with Samuel M. Comstock in Comstock, Cheney & Co. in 1862. When Comstock died in 1878, George Cheney became head of the company. The firm manufactured ivory keys for piano and organ keyboards.


    • "History of Essex, CT," Essex Historical Society, accessed September 13, 2015,

  • From Organ Database Builders editor Charles Eberline, July 14, 2018. -

    George Arthur Cheney was born in August 1828 in New Hampshire.1 He lived in Zanzibar for many years and acquired knowledge of the ivory trade there. He died in Essex, Connecticut, on May 25, 1901. Although he held the title of president of Comstock, Cheney and Co. at the time of his death, he had yielded to "younger and capable shoulders” the details of running the business as the years advanced.2


    1. According to "George A. Cheney,” The Music Trade Review 32, no. 22 (June 1, 1901): 29, accessed July 6, 2018,, he was born on August 25, 1828, in Thornton, New Hampshire. According to "George Arthur Cheney,” Find a Grave, accessed July 10, 2018,, he was born on August 28, 1828, in North Salem, New Hampshire. As of this writing, no source has been found that resolves the discrepancy.
    2. "George A. Cheney,” The Music Trade Review , 29.

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