The Nickolds Brothers
Posted 20 March 2017 - 03:41 PM
Posted 20 March 2017 - 07:52 PM
Interesting family history, but I'm not so sure about the "inventors of the Anglo" part since I've never seen or heard of a Nickolds Anglo!
Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:52 PM
Interesting family history, but I'm not so sure about the "inventors of the Anglo" part ...
They are generally credited with being pioneers of Anglo concertina building, in response to a German concertina "boom" in the 1850s, following the Great Exhibition. Indeed they claimed to be "INVENTORS OF THE ANGLO-GERMAN" on the business card of "NICKOLDS, CRABB & CO." (a short-lived partnership at the beginning of the 1860s).
I've never seen or heard of a Nickolds Anglo!
They made HEAPS of them, but rarely with their own name on them (they made a lot "for the trade"), but their instruments had solid wood ends with open fretwork, which are very inclined to crack and break up, and brass reeds, so plenty of them have not survived - and any survivors are in the region of a century-and-a-half (or more) old now.
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