Here is a label from a Lachenal English number 60325 (1930s), scanned by spindizzy (Chris) and edited by tallship (Pete). Clicking on the small image will give you the full file (1300 by 800, about 400 KB as a jpeg).
2005-02: A few concertina-related images courtesy of Tony Kell:
From a 12" record sleeve:
Regal Records catalogue from 1931:
Wheatstone brochure, ca. 1930(?)
An 8-page pricelist from H. Crabb and Son, 1984, scanned and sent in by Peter Stephenson
How I Acquired My Crabb, By Roger Digby
Original Jeffries receipt, supplied by Roger Digby
Maccann, MacCann or McCann? By Bob Gaskins
The Lady Louisa Bulteel Wheatstone: June 18, 1860, Johannes Bosch
Photos by Peter
Man with concertina, ambrotype circa 1865-70, From collection of Gerard Dole.
Early Wheatstone concertina, circa 1835. Written on maker's label: "Charles
Wheatstone, Conduit Street, London".
Be sure to see the original Lachenal Duet brochure with keyboard
layout and price list in the Lachenal section
of the Buyer's Guide.
Wheatstone Duet Keyboard Layout, courtesy of Tony Kell (email@example.com)
Prince, 1921. Courtesy of Tony Kell (firstname.lastname@example.org) : "Taken
from the sheet music of one of his own compositions entilted 'Hello' - 'something
Merrie and Bright for Pupils on the Duet' from which his published address at
the time was Glebe St., Nottingham."
Reed & Delroy Souvenir Photo, courtesy of Tony Kell (email@example.com)
"A nostalgia photo of Reed & Delroy. It includes a couple of probably 64 key concertinas amongst the other instruments they played. I know nothing of them other than they played in Blackpool, a seaside town in the north west of the UK, where my 'pal' - an old concertina player himself, met them and was given this souvenir photo."
From Mark Davies (firstname.lastname@example.org):
"From 1972 up to his death in 1984 I played with the great concertina player Harry Hatton of Haydock, Lancashire. He was an English player who knew many of the great concertina players throughout the UK. I remember going to see Reed & Delroy with Harry Hatton in the late 1970's early 1980's. If my memory serves me correctly they had purchased the concertinas that had belonged to Jack Easy of Fleetwood (another variety artist). They were multi-instrumentalists and were very good. I think they lived in Blackpool."
Circa 1895 Concertina Advertisement
Provided by Randall Merris
[Note from Paul: I had NO idea what the various prices meant and how the mysterious British currency system worked, so Randy was kind enough to explain:]
Here is how it worked prior to 1971:
- s = shilling (not to be confused with the Austrian "Schilling.") (/) also stands for shilling (e.g. 50/- is 50 shillings)
- d = pence
- 20 shillings per British pound (I think the exchange rate was about US $4.80 per pound in the relevant period.)
- 12 pence per shilling. Therefore, 240 pence per pound
- 41/ = 41 shillings = 2 pounds and 1 shilling = 2 pounds and 12 pence
Decimalization was introduced in 1971. Shilling was retained, but eqaul to 5 new pence. So under the new system, 100 new pence per pound. The pence finally became a "penny."
Lachenal Tuning Bellows
Photos and text by Randall Merris
"Lachenal got people to do "home working" (Tommy Williams,
for example). Lachenal provided a tuning bellows and a set of in-tune
reeds. Their job was to use the in-tune reeds to tune a set of untuned
reeds. It looks pretty much like a standard set of bellows (even has the
usual checkered bellows papers) with two reed carriage slots on top (one
for the in-tune reed and one for the reed to be tuned). It has its own
little wood case. One of these bellows is in the Wayne Collection at the
Horniman Museum, and Hobgoblin Music has one. There are probably others
around. I actually use mine for minor tuning and reed tweaking."
Lachenal Details & Sales Receipt
Photos and info by Randall Merris
These three images show the original sales receipt for a Lachenal concertina
and copies of the original "linens" and gold-tooled straps. The serial
number on the instrument (140871) is almost surely dated to the date of
1895 on the receipt, as the receipt states that the instrument is a "Special
concertina made as per instructions, extra reed carriage" and so is not
likely a resale.