F. A. Peters Organ Co. View Extant Instruments View Instruments


St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, 1880s-90s
Classification: Builder

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May 13, 2023:

From Our Dominion: Mercantile & Manufacturing Interests, Historical & Commercial Sketches of St. John & Environs (Toronto, 1887): F. A. Peters, Jr., Church Organ Builder, King St. East, St. John, N.B.--There has never been an age in which music has been so universally appreciated, and generally understood, as at the present day. It may be noted as significant of the importance of St. John's manufacturing interests, that among her other numerous and noted branches of industry, she possessed ihe only church organ manufactory in the Maritime Provinces, and one whose products will compare favorably with those of the most noted establishments in the country, and which, for purity of tone, elegance of workmanship and reliability, cannot be excelled. The business which forms the subject matter of this sketch was established in 1882 by Messrs. Paine & Peters. The former retired the following year and Mr. Peters has since carried the business on alone. For this purpose he occupies a two-storey building, 25x80 feet dimensions, fitted up with every appliance necessary, an eight horse power engine supplying the motive force, employment being furnished to some seven hands. Mr. Peters manufactures both church and parlour pipe organs. They are specially renowned for their tone, which, in foundation stops, is a pure diapason quality of a full and resonant character, and in the solo stops of marked peculiarity, varying from the delicate string effect of the Gemshorn and Dulciana to the deep and pervading Bourdon and smooth and liquid melodia and flute. The best material available is used in the construction of these organs, every part of which is made spcially with a view to withstand changes of climate and temperature. These organs are highly commended by amateurs and professionals. Mr. Peters is a native of St. John, and is in every way a thorough master of this business, in which he is deserving of all success. Last work is Mission Church of St. John Baptist, St. John, Rev. Pr. Davenport. 3 manual, 21 speaking stops, over 1,100 pipes."

We received the most recent update for this note from Andrew Henderson on May 13, 2023.

April 08, 2016:

From the OHS Database Builders Listing editor, April 8, 2016 -

Likely a successor to Paine & Wetmore of St. Johns, New Brunswick, Canada. Peters was a native of St. Johns, according to a local newspaper. Both companies built church and parlor pipe organs. Peters had a two-story building measuring 25 by 80 feet, equipped with an eight-horse power engine. He employed seven people.

Source: Daniel Hopkins, "Re: Nova Scotia Pipe Organs" on PipeChat, 19 Apr 2004, http://www.pipechat.org/Archives/pipechat/2004/April/Digest4444.html, Accessed April 8, 2016.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

October 30, 2004:

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

Active in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, c. 1884.

Staff: Leslie H. Frazee.


  • Barbara Owen, The Organ in New England (Raleigh: Sunbury Press, 1979), 402.
  • The Tracker 9:3, 14.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

Database Specs:

  • 4 Organs
  • 0 Divisions
  • 0 Consoles