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BuilderID 2371

Builder Identification

Ludwigsburg, Germany, prior to 1888; New York City, New York, 1888; Erie, Pennsylvania, 1894; Charleston, South Carolina, 1894–1954.

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). Revised and updated for the revised OHS Online Database website, 2017. —

    Anton Gottfried was the father of Henry A. Gottfried and Herbert R. Gottfried, husband of Regina Gottfried, and father-in-law of Max W. Beyer. He was born in Europe and was at Missionsschule Chrischona of Basel, Switzerland. He was with August Laukhuff of Weikersheim, Germany, c. 1878; and with E. F. Walcker firm of Ludwigsburg, Germany, until 1888.

    He immigrated to the United States in 1888; and began with the Roosevelt firm in New York City, New York, later working in their Philadelphia, Pennsylvania branch. After the Roosevelt firm closed, he established A. Gottfried & Co. there in 1890. He became partner with Henry Kugel in 1892, the partnership lasted until 1911; the two relocated the firm to the A. B. Felgemaker factory of Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1894. It is not certain what happened to the firm in Erie, it apparently continued in some form after Anton Gottfried left. He relocated to Charleston, South Carolina in the late 1940s establishing a firm there; he sold the concern to the Standaart Organ Co. in 1948, and went to work for them as head voicer; he died in 1954.

    Patent #872,931; December 3, 1907; pipe


    • The Diapason March 1942, 27.
    • The Diapason April 1949, 1.
    • The Diapason June 1950, 10.
    • David Junchen, Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, vol. 1 (Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1985) 147.
    • David Junchen, Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 2 (Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1990) 807.

  • See main entry: A. Gottfried & Co.

Database Entries

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