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rom 1864 through the 1940s, H.A.
Weymann and Son, Inc. made, imported, and sold marching band, orchestral,
percussion, and other instruments through
its own mail-order catalog.
Heinrich "Henry" Arnold Weymann
(1829-'92) arrived in Philadelphia from
Germany in 1852. Twelve years later, he
started a business selling clocks, jewelry,
and other small goods. He soon began
to stock accordions, harmonicas, sheet
music, and violin strings; as with
most immigrant shop owners, most
of his stock came from his home
The earliest evidence of Weymann's in-house instrument
manufacture dates to the
early 1890s, after control of
the company was turned over
to Henry's son, Harry W.
(1870-1930). Their Keystone
State brand can be traced to at
least 1894, and while some of
their fretted instruments were
built in-house, others were
produced by Stewart, Regal,
and Vega. Weymann's greatest
commercial success came via
banjo sales, but its Jimmie Rodgers
Special guitar proved fairly popular.
Beginning circa 1900, Weymann
guitars were given serial numbers,
The 848 was meant for Spanish-style playing,
but its straight saddle was used on Weymann's
Hawaiian models. The sound holes may reflect a
response to Gibson designs of the period.