The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 2741

Builder Identification

Brattleboro, Vermont, after 1865 to before 1915.

Additional Notes

  • Note from the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1991). Edited for the revised OHS Online Database website, 2017. -

    Charles Henkel was born in Germany. He apprenticed there with Plassman (a noted woodcarver). He came to the United States at an unknown date (likely in the late 1860s) and had a shop in Brattleboro, Vermont after the Civil War. He later worked with the growing firm Estey Organ Co. of Brattleboro, Vermont, where he designed organ cases. Charles Henkel died November 4, 1915, at age 73.

    * Estey made reed organs only until 1901 when the pipe organ department was established. Henkel may have been called upon for case design at that point. Since Estey's larger models of reed organs intended for churches had a row of façade pipes above the key desk, he may have had a hand in designing those as well. -Ed.


    • The Diapason: December 1915, 7.

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