Pipe Shades


 

PIPE SHADES: Decorative wood carvings or grilles located at the tops of groups of facade pipes (called 'flats' or 'towers') in organ cases to conceal the true length of the pipes and eliminate asymmetry between groups of unequal length. These are generally attached to a cornice which forms the top of the case, behind which the facade pipes extend. Occasionally, pipe shades are placed behind the facade pipes to conceal a void between the tops of the pipes and the top of the case (Wicks Organ Company: Glossary of Terms).