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New Orleans, Louisiana; 1902–1930s
Classification: Service Person

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October 24, 2019:

From Organ Database Builders editor Stephen Hall, October 22, 2019. —

William Pilcher revived the name Pilcher Brothers in New Orleans in 1887, the name he and his brother Henry had used in Chicago, the venture lasted until 1900. His sons, Albert, Charles H., and George worked with him, but the business did not do well and his sons Albert, and George left and went to work for Philip Werlein, a piano and organ sales and service firm. By 1906, William was partner with his son Charles H. in Wm. & Chas. H. Pilcher of New Orleans. (1906-1910). When that concern failed in 1910, Charles joined his brothers at the Philip Werlein firm of New Orleans.


  • Bynum Petty, Henry Pilcher's Sons: Opus List and Historical Sketch, (LULU Press 2014).
  • John H. Baron, Concert Life in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans (LSU Press, Dec 9, 2013), 261.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on October 24, 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 New Orleans, Louisiana; 1902–1930s.

Staff: Albert S. Pilcher; Charles H. Pilcher; George S. D. Pilcher.


  • The Diapason, September 1924, 1.
  • Piano and Organ Purchaser's Guide, Purchaser's Guide to the Music Industries, (New York: Music Trades)
  • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on October 23, 2019.

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