English-system. Serial number 103. Oval silver plaque label ('By His Majesty's Letters Patent, C. Wheatstone, Inventor, 20 Conduit St., Regent St., London'). 5.75" diameter, flat rosewood ends with simple fretwork, and pine backing. Ends of 'action within frames' construction, with 1.25" deep sides covering and containing the reed pan and its cradle. 33 ivory buttons, 16 left, 17 right, with black-cored accidentals. Remnants of right-hand strap, entire left-hand strap, with two nickel strap screws, one labelled 'Grundy 1939'. Straps on the usual L-shaped brass inserts, the leather-clad finger rest of simple L-shaped brass, without curved end. Four-fold green leather bellows, with 0.38" of the bellows frame exposed. Embossed gold-star papers. Square-end brass reeds with reed pan and reeds stamped with note names. Action has complex brass levers, also stamped with note names, which are fixed to buttons by pivoting pins. The lever pivots are screwed to base of action board, and the springs are blued steel leaf springs screwed to upper part of lever. The bone pallets have their note names stamped on the adjacent action board. One of the circular thumbstrap plates has: GRUNDY/1937; hand engraved
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