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About This Object

Many English-system concertinas produced by the Wheatstone factory were aimed at the upper end of the market. They were relatively costly, like this example with its brass inlay, richly patterned paper bellows and tooled leather. During the 1850s the concertina became very fashionable, and the Wheatstone factory reached the height of its output. The price paid for the instrument by Messrs(?) Milsom on 4 June 1858 is noted at £9/2/- in Wheatstone & Co. Factory ledger for 1857-1859 (p.27).

The early repertoire of the concertina reflected the musical tastes of wealthy amateur musicians. It consisted of arrangements of opera arias, and well-known folk songs, in addition to the pieces written specially for the instrument, often with piano accompaniment. One of the first professional musicains to popularise the English-system concertina was the virtuoso Giulio Regondi (1822-72). He captivated audiences all over Britain with performances of his expressive and technically demanding compositions.

Description

English-system concertina. Serial number 10660. Oval paper label: 'By Her Majesty's Letters Patent, C. Wheatstone, Inventor, 20 Conduit St., Regent St., London'. 6¼ inch diameter rosewood ends, simple white leather backing, bevelled, leather covered finger rests. 48 glass buttons, the accidentals (sharps and flats) coloured black and the C notes coloured red. Green leather straps, with gold tooling and brass screws.

Five-fold green leather bellows, gilt embossed with green and gold papers, labelled 'Wheatstone & Co. Inventors and Patentees, 20 Conduit St, London' on lowest left fold. Round-end brass reeds.

Details

concertina
M319a-1996
Musical Instruments

1 item (description level: part)

412.132-62 sets of free reeds with flexible air reservoir
Broad category
Aerophone
Additional names, titles, or classifications
classified as:  concertinas
object name (Horniman Ethno.):  concertina
classified as:  412.132-62-8 Sets of free reeds with flexible air reservoir with keyboard
classified as:  412.132-62-8 Sets of free reeds with flexible air reservoir with keyboard
display title:  412.132-62 sets of free reeds with flexible air reservoir

Maker
C. Wheatstone & Co.
Additional maker information
maker:   C Wheatstone & Co
Place
London, England, UK; Europe
Additional place information
made:  London 
Date made
circa 1858
Additional date information
date made:  circa 1858 
Collector
Wayne, Neil
Additional collector information
collector:   Wayne, Neil 

Materials and techniques
PLA; paper; wood; metal; leather; gold; copper alloy; glass
Additional material & technique information
material: copper alloy (overall)
material: gold (overall)
material: leather (overall)
material: metal (overall)
material: paper (overall)
material: wood (overall)
material: PLA (overall)
material: glass (overall)
Measurements
overall: 163 x 162 x 185 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 163 x 162 x 185 mm

Neil Wayne Collection


Related subjects
classified as: 412.132-62-8 Sets of free reeds with flexible air reservoir with keyboard
classified as: 412.132-62-8 Sets of free reeds with flexible air reservoir with keyboard
classified as: concertinas
object name (Horniman Ethno.): concertinas
material: copper alloy
material: glass
material: gold
material: leather
material: metal
material: paper
material: wood

Record created 1999-04-09 by PAUL
Record last updated 2013-08-01 by RSHEPHERD

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