Barbieri Organs in Great Britain As the fame of the Barbieri equipment became such as to go beyond the Italian borders (there are reports of Barbieri organs installed in France24 and Switzerland25), Don Angelo in 1930 tried to enter the Great Britain market, creating for this purpose the company “Barbieri Organs (Great Britain) Limited”, with a capital of £ 15,000 (Figure 13), which produced and distributed, on the basis of patents registered in England, Barbieri pipe organs. This sum of £15,000 in 1930 which equates at least to £778,200 today, was definitely a lot of money to start significantly the activity in a new very competitive selling market.26 To make a simple comparison, with £15,000 you could buy as many as 50 Barbieri pipe organs F6 model, suitable for rooms from 300 to 500 seats!
chasers”) of the third part WHEREAS the Vendor has been granted the Letters Patent short particulars whereof are set forth in the Schedule hereto in respect of the invention in the said Schedule mentioned and hereinafter referred to as “the Scheduled Letters Patent”.
Figure 14. Top of the first page of the Agreement of “Barbieri Organs (Great Britain) Limited”. (courtesy AMMI, Italian Association for Mechanical Music).
Figure 13. Fifty Ordinary Shares of “Barbieri Organs (Great Britain) Limited” held by Don Angelo Barbieri (courtesy AMMI, Italian Association for Mechanical Music).
In the penultimate and last page of the Agreement there is the list of the referred English registered patents (with handwritten U.S.A. registered patents to which it refers) and original signatures of interested parties to the agreement (Figures 15 and 16): * Don Angelo Barbieri * Umberto Corvi * Norman Hall * George Palmer * John Wilson White * Frank Robinson Ward
For its entry into the Great Britain market in cinema and Church organs, on April 2, 1930, Don Angelo Barbieri made an agreement between the seller and the Italian dealers and British buyers. On the first page of the Agreement we see the interested parties (Figure 14). An Agreement made the Second day of April One thousand nine hundred and thirty BETWEEN DON ANGELO BARBIERI of Via S. Vincenzo 26 Milano Italy (hereinafter called “the Vendor”) of the first part CORVI & SEMERARO SOCIETA ACCOMANDITA of Via Carducci 30 Milano aforesaid (hereinafter called “the Concessionaires”) of the second part NORMAN HALL of Woodleigh Edgerton Huddersfield in the County of York Manufacturer GEORGE PALMER of 23 King Street in the City of London Incorporated Accountant JOHN WILSON WHITE of 463 Princes Gardens London W.3 in the County of Middlesex Engineer and FRANK ROBINSON WARD of 14 Queen Victoria Street in the City of London Engineer (hereinafter called “the Pur-
Figure 15. Bottom of the penultimate page of the Agreement of “Barbieri Organs (Great Britain) Limited”. (courtesy AMMI, Italian Association for Mechanical Music).
AMICA Bulletin - Nov/Dec 2013
Published on Jun 10, 2014