product types: 

  • banjos
  • mandolins
  • acoustic guitars


Howe-Orme instruments were made by the Elias Howe Company of Boston, MA. The Howe company was founded by Elias Howe (1820 - 1895) but the Howe-Orme instruments appeared after the death of Elias, when his sons William & Edward Howe had taken over the company. The Orme part of the brand name belonged to George Orme of Ontario who (along with James Black) held a patent for a longitudinal belly ridge for guitars - this was used on the Howe-Orme instruments which were a range of acoustic guitars, mandolins, mandolas and banjos.

Source: James Black & George Orme patent

Source: Edward Howe patent

Source: Howe-Orme catalogue

Source: Rick Turner Howe -Orme article (11 May 2022)


Elias Howe Company
88 Court Street
Boston , MA
United States
Massachusetts US