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C. W. Osgood Company is a musical instrument manufacturer in Elkhart, Indiana. It was founded by Charles W. Osgood (c. 1855 - September 6, 1946) who is believed to have lived most of his life in the Elkhart area. In 1890 he was working for Conn, and in the later years he worked there as a horn maker. By 1914 he had left Conn and founded the C. W. Osgood Company adjacent to his residence.

It is believed that he produced small quantities of high quality instruments. There are two known examples of his work in the Elkhart area, both trombones. Both are also elaborately engraved, and it is believed that had been an engraver at Conn before he started his own business. The company is last seen in 1928, and in that year Osgood would have been 73 years old. His second wife died after 1936, and his remaining years were spent alone. For the last three months, he resided at the Lockerbie Convalescent Home in Goshen.


  • Elkhart city directories (available Elkhart Public Library)
  • McMakin, Dean "Musical Instrument Manufacturing in Elkhart, Indiana (unpublished typescript, 1987, available at Elkhart Public Library)
  • Elkhart Truth, 6 September 1946, obituary for Charles W. Osgood

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