Historic Fifes

The purpose of these “historic fife” pages is to give a look into the manufacturing of fifes over the last 200+ years.

During the coming weeks, we will be adding a different feature instrument from the collection of Steve Dillon, as well as from the collections of museums and other collectors.

This study is by no means a “last word” in the development of fifes. It is a study that is an evolving/changing work that will develop as new information comes to light.

Enjoy, and if you have any questions/comments, please email us at fifes@dillonmusic.com

No reproduction or representation of any material found on this website is permitted without prior consent (available by email).


Maker
Date
Date Of Fife
Cahusac Family Fife   1738-1816
Cahusac Family Fife   1738-1816
Thomas Stanesby Junior Fife   1745-1754
1761
1761
Pietro Grassi Florio Fife   1767-1795
1768
1770
1775
Iron Fife   Circa. 1777 (?)
1777
1777
1778
George Astor Fife   1778-1814
1780
1781
1782
1783
1783
1784
1786
Circa. 1780 (?)
1788
1789
1793
1794
1795
1795
1795
1796
1797
John Parker Fife   1798
George Astor Fife   1799
1799
1799
George Catlin Fife Advertisement 1800
1800
Milligan Fife   Circa. 1800
1803-1818
1812
1813
Klemm & Bro. Fife   1816/19-1897
1820
1821
1823
F. Goldthwait Fife   1823
Samuel Graves Fife   1824 - 1869
Unknown Fife   Circa. 1825
Samuel Graves #2 Fife   1830-1850
1834
1834
1837
E. Baack Fife   1837-1872
J. Ashton
Order
1843  
1845-1851
William Hall & Son Fife   1848-1855
Firth, Pond & Co Fife.   1856-1862
1856-1862
Firth, Pond & Co. Fife
(3)
  1856-1862
Joseph Wallis Fife   1858-1865
William Pond Fife   1860-1846
Granville Draper Fife   1861-1865
John C. Haynes Fife   1861-1900
1862-1950
Wurlitzer Fife Advertisement 1863  
Firth, Pond & Co. Fife
(4)
  1863
Ft. Monroe
Receipt

1863  
Firth, Son & Co. Fife   1863-1867
Walter Crosby Fife   Circa. 1864
J. Gras Fife   1868-1927
Slater & Martin Circa. 1869  
Hollings Fife   1874 - 1890
H. Journet Fife   Circa. 1875
John F. Stratton Catalog Circa. 1876  
1880
Zimmermann Catalog Circa. 1880  
Lyon & Healy
Catalog
1881
G.H. Huller Fife   1883-C1950
Wm. A. Pond & Co. Catalog 1884  
J.W. Pepper Catalog 1885  
John F. Stratton Catalog 1887  
Walking Stick Fife   1888
J.W. Pepper Catalog 1891  
L. Francois, Maitre & Cie Catalog 1892  
1894
J.W. Pepper Catalog 1894  
Lyon & Healy Catalog 1895  
G & A Klemm Catalog Circa.1895  
Laube Fife   1895-1900
Carl Fischer Catalog 1896  
Century Musical Catalog 1897
J.W. Pepper Catalog 1898  
Penzel & Muller Fife   1899-Circa.1950
Circa. 1900
Sears & Robuck Catalog Circa. 1903  
Sears & Robuck Catalog
1909  
Slater Catalog 1909  
1910
H. K. Fife   Circa. 1910
Carl Fischer
Catalog
Circa. 1910  
J.G. Richards Catalog 1913  
Wurlitzer Catalog 1919  
W.J. Dyer Catalog 1923  
George Cloos Fife   Circa.1925
Carl Fischer Catalog 1925  
Wurlitzer Catalog 1926  
Carl Fischer Catalog 1929  
Cundy Bettoney Catalog Circa. 1930  
Progressive Catalog 1931  
George Cloos Catalog 1932  
H.N. White Catalog 1933  
Polk Catalog 1935  
Metropolitan Music Catalog 1936  
George Cloos Catalog 1938  
Carl Fischer Catalog 1950  

Read the story of Samuel Dewees, fifer of the Revolution.