English system concertina. Serial number 5588. Oval paper label: 'By Her Majesty's Letters Patent, C. Wheatstone, Inventor, 20 Conduit St., Regent St., London.' 6.25 inches rosewood ends, with simple fretwork and pine backing with bevelled edge. 48 ivory buttons, black accidentals, stamped with note names. Green leather straps with nickel screws. Four-fold green leather bellows with gold star papers. Round-end brass reeds with circular paper reed pan label. Hexagonal rosewood case.
The following information is recorded regarding the purchase of this instrument in the ledgers of the Wheatstone & Co. concertina factory (http://www.horniman.info): 9 Jun 1854: Mrs Maxwell hire (C1049, p.8) 21 Jun 1854: Miss Binfield [£] 7.17.6 (C1049, p.10) 2 Oct 1854: Mr Hawkes [£] 5.5.- Paid (C1049, p.25)