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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.

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English-system concertina. Flat rosewood ends, 6.25in/159mm across parallel sides, with bevelled edges, leather-covered finger rests and simple frets with white leather backing. 48 glass buttons, the accidentals coloured black and the notes 'C' coloured red. Round-end brass reeds. Five-fold green leather bellows, gilt embossed with green and gold papers. Green leather straps, with gold tooling and brass screws. Bellows labelled on lowest fold: 'Wheatstone & Co. Inventors and Patentees, 20 Conduit St, London'. Oval paper label: ‘By Her Majesty’s Letters Patent/C. Wheatstone/Inventor/20 Conduit St., Regent St./London’. Serial number: 10660.

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

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

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

Neil Wayne Collection

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

Record created 1999-04-09 by PAUL
Record last updated 2018-01-12 by JWHITSONCLOUD

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