English system. Serial number 1775, action 1774, bellows 1775 (possibly renumbered). Oval paper label (scuffed): 'By Her Majesty's Letters Patent, C. Wheatstone, Inventor, 20 Conduit St., Regent St., London.' Signed and dated 'Rock Chidley, 1848' under the baffles. 6.19" diameter ivory ends and sides. Simple fretwork, flat. 48 ivory buttons, capped with silver gilt, bushed. Black leather straps, probably later, with floral engraving on their silver gilt screws. Four-fold green leather bellows, green and gold papers, possibly later. Round-end brass and steel reeds.
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