We'll put that right straight away:
Indeed, unpublished information that you have compiled, Wes, would seem to indicate that Wm. Henry Tidder was a concertina maker at least between 1884-1921...
1884 WM. HY. TIDDER 144 JAMAICA ST STEPNEY
1885 No Entry
1886 As 1884
1888 Tidder Wm. Henry, 144 Jamaica st. Stepney E
1888 As 1884
1890 No Entry
1891 Tidder Wm. Henry, 144 Jamaica st. Stepney E
1892 228 MILE END RD
1894 As 1892
1895 Tidder Wm. Henry & Sons, 228 Mile end rd E
1896 As 1892
1902 Tidder Wm. Henry & Son,228 Mile end rd E
1921 Tidder & Son 62 Backhurst st Bethnal grn E1
I don't know which version of my notebook you are working with, but the latest has a note:
Possibility of link with George Jones?:
1851 Tidder Wm. Oilman 3 Evaline place, Commercial rd east
So could Tidder have been one of Jones' sucessful apprentices that he mentions? Is that why Dave Elliott and I both thought of Jones as the possible maker?
Thanks for the Free Reed Organ site, its a very useful resource.