Boston, Massachusetts, c. 1858-1865
James L. Bickforth (Bickford?); With E. & G. G. Hook of Boston, Massachusetts, c. 1858-1865, pipemaker.
The article cited in The Tracker is Robert J. Reich, "Builders Marks,â€? Tracker 2, no. 3 (April 1958): 6. The information there is as follows: "Newburyport, Mass., Greek Orthodox Church, formerly Second Presbyterian, E. & G. G. Hook, opus 261, 1859. On Hautboy, TC pipe, â€˜Boston, Aug. 6, 1859, James L. Bickforth-.
Three years later, in another article by the same author: "Robert J. Reich, "Fire!,â€? Tracker 6, no. 2 (January 1962): 1, 8, on Hook & Hastings opus 358 in the Congregational Church in Orwell, Vermont. On page 8, there is the following information: "The Oboe has parallel shallots, and the Keraulophon bears this notation: â€˜Ker. Scale 52 F' - Jas. L. Bickford, Boston, March 16, 1865.-" This is almost certainly the same person as James L. Bickforth.
As further evidence, Boston city directories of the period contain several references to "James L. Bickford, organ maker"; No person with the last name "Bickforthâ€? is listed in any of the Boston directories of this period.
There are no entries in the database that describe organs by James L. Bickforth (Bickford?).
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