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( 10 ) South Parlour: The South Parlour contains one of the most extraordinary pieces in the NB Historical Society's collection- the combination piano and organ made by Lemuel Gilbert. In the 1830's Gilbert made this piece in his workshop on Washington Street in Boston. It is made from mahogany of generous proportions.

These Gilbert pianos with organ attachment are very rare. The Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities has confirmed this is one of only two combination piano-organs known to exist. The other remains in Boston. The piano-organ is original to the house and is thought to have remained in the parlours for most of its approximate 160 year life. A clarinet of similar age is also displayed.

The pendent portraits hung over the piano were completed by an unknown artist about 1850 of an unidentified couple.

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