Just wondering whether anyone has any biographical information on this gentleman.
I recently had occasion to examine for a friend an un-numbered Wheatstone 56 key English extended treble. Inside was an inscription "GR" and an address at "19 Cumberland Street SW"
I Googled the address, and found a listing under concertina teachers for George Roe at that address on page 9 of Prof Maccann's Concertinist's Guide.
Browsing the Wheatstone ledgers, I searched for George Roe and found # 18518 from 1869, with description "hired".
Not really conclusive proof that the concertina to hand was indeed #18518. As we know, some numbers apparently never made it into the ledgers for whatever reason. Also, as a teacher, it is possible that, like Sr Regondi, Mr Roe purchased other instruments for students' needs. It is also conceivable that GR is not, in fact, the George Roe mentioned in the ledger, though I can find no other purchaser with those initials other than, of course, Giulio Regondi, but I can't tie his name to the address in the concertina.
However, this concertina does seem to fall into the correct time frame (Chidley period, riveted steel reeds etc.) and probably one of the top models available at the time as befitted a professional musician (black lacquered rosewood ends with silver tipped buttons).
So the balance of probabilities...etc.
I can find little information on Google, other than that George Roe had a brother, Henry who also played, and that Roe's main instruments were flute and piccolo. Also some sheet music claiming "arranged by George Roe", some for concertina, others for flute.
Does any one know whether George Roe has been the subject of past research, and by whom? (Seems pointless hunting for information if the work has already been done!) Also, any further biographical information would be welcomed by me on behalf of the concertina's current owner.
Thanks for reading this; I hope it may be of interest, but if not, I apologies for the length of the post.
Edited by malcolm clapp, 13 September 2016 - 02:22 AM.