The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 3790

Builder Identification

New York City, New York, 1919.

Additional Notes

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

    President of International Shipbuilding Corp.; with Welte firm of New York, 1919, stockholder.

    Sources:

    • The Diapason July 1919, 16.
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  • Note from Organ Database Builders editor Stephen Hall, November 20, 2017. —

    As a result of the Alien Property Custodian enactment during the First World War, the company lost their American branch and all of their U.S. patents in 1917. The assets of the Welte firm were sold to George W. Gittins of the Estey Organ Co. , in 1919. The firm was renamed the Welte-Mignon Corporation; and continued manufacture and sales of organs and pianos with automatic playing devices. This new company was presumably the one in which Lovekin made his investment.

    There is no clear path of corporate identity from 1919 onward. The Welte name appears in several variations, in a confusing array of independent companies, subsidiaries, partnerships, and undefined associations with other firms.

Database Entries

There are no entries in the database that describe organs by Luther D. Lovekin.


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