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David Aumann

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  1. "But. of course, the earliest Jeffries concertinas were made by George Jones" I didn't know that. I have a concertina here that, to my untrained eye, looks a bit similar to the concertina at the start of this post. I was told was a Shakespeare, but it has a Jones action, no serial number, trapdoor air button (as on another Jones I've seen), and the ends are Jeffries pattern but cut coarser. My simplistic understanding was that Shakespeare was an assembler of parts that could have been bought from a variety of sources (or that "a Shakespeare" was a convenient way of describing a hard-to-identify non-thoroughbred concertina.) I'm just posting because of the similarity to Alex' post.
  2. Hello Dowright, can you please date a Lachenal a 28-key anglo serial number 70510. It's the one shown a couple of posts further up the page, with all buttons on one end? I think Lachenal only began anglo production about 1862, so I'd hazard a guess at 1870-1880, but I'm curious. Thanks, David
  3. Can I get help dating this weird Lachenal that I have posted here twice before (1999 and 2014). It's a 28-key instrument with all buttons on one end and nothing on the other. Serial number is 70510. Thanks so much.
  4. I'm bringing this out of mothballs one more time, because I put up a posting on the Australian group Concertina Convergence and it caused quite a bit of interest. Thinking along the lines of an instrument for an amputee (or vaudevillian, or other player who could only use one hand for whatever reason), I'm wondering if someone can put a reasonably accurate date on the instrument. Its serial number is 70510. I took a wild guess at circa 1890 as a date and, as Malcolm Clapp rightly said, this would be too early for a soldier returning from the Boer Wars. But the Brits were involved in may other skirmishes in the late 1800s, including the Burmese War, Zanzibar, Tibet, India, Sudan, Boxer Rebellion and maybe others. It's all a bit academic but it gives me something to think about! Thank you to all past responders who came up with some fabulous theories and snippets of information.
  5. There was a similar post three or four years ago which culminated in a scanned image of a Jones label. Check this: http://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=15501 You might have to "distress" it a little ...
  6. Hi Chris, No, it's here in Melbourne. The repair note inside it had the date 3/1/85 (I think it says) and the maker is "3 doors East of York Hotel". I found this:The very first of them (the Adelaide hotels) was built here within a year of the foundation of the city and soon became THE place for travellers to stay. Any person of note made the York Hotel their headquarters, and as its reputation grew so too did the hotel. A smoking room, a card room and a new dining room were added for the state’s jubilee in 1887. Many wealthy and retired gentlemen also made this hotel their home, including a Dutch Admiral who could be seen on most days in the mid 1860’s in full naval dress, pacing up and down the balcony! The lease for the York Hotel was ultimately purchased by William Gibson who had grand plans for the site, and he demolished it to make way for an impressive building to house both a new luxurious hotel and an emporium. From this description, it seems reasonable that the repairer would describe his location in terms of the York Hotel. Foy and Gibson eventually bought the land and replaced the hotel with a department store in 1920. So this must be an 1885 repair. I wondered if blocking off the novelty buttons was part of it, and when that scrap of newspaper dated from. I found this: Philip M. Sharples (1857-1944) was the inventor and manufactuer of Sharples Tubular Cream Separator which sold worldwide including Australia from the 1890's to the 1930's. The machine which separated the rich butter fat from the raw milk was manufactured by Sharples Separator Co. David
  7. I have now had a better look at this concertina, and photographed it from several angles for your perusal. I think it HAS to be an early Jones. There is no serial number I can see, unless a hand written 5614 on the left hand reed pan could be it. One interesting thing is that it was tuned and repaired in 1885 by someone called H Drechuls (??) from Rundle St, Adelaide. Has anyone heard of him? I think I'll just post the photos and ask for comment.
  8. The strap on the solid end looks like a bit of bush carpentry to me. It's certainly not an original fitting. It's held on by two round-headed "nails" that look a bit like thumb tacks. Thanks to all who are contributing to this post. I know nothing of its origin nor the purpose for which it was built, so all of these suggestions and comments are really interesting! Regards, David
  9. Thank you for this! Something like that had never occurred to me. This instrument is in C/G, and is exactly the same as if it were a regular 28-key Lachenal with the left hand just transposed across to the right hand side. Just like on the linked chart (for 30 key Wheatstone) but with notes from both hands run together and without the two outside buttons on the accidental row. Thanks for taking an interest! David
  10. I put this instrument up ten years ago. It's still sitting in my cupboard. I don't know what it is and I don't know what to do with it. It's a rosewood-ended Lachenal, serial number 72000-odd. 28 buttons, all on one end, only a flat wooded panel on the other. 12-fold bellows, about 7 3/4" across the flats. Most likely a one-off instrument, I can only surmise what it may have been made for ... perhaps an amputee soldier returning after the Boer (?) War, or perhaps a vaudevillian who could play concertina with one hand while doing something else with the other? Dating this one could be an important clue, because it might add weight to the returning soldier theory, but when does 72000 date from?
  11. Thanks to Blue Eyed Sailor and Chas. Both very helpful.
  12. I have a Lachenal Peerless 30 key anglo. Its label is only half there. Serial number 96700. It's in need of a bellows re-bind, de-rusting and tuning of the reeds. A few end bolts are broken, not sure how/why. Anyhow, does anyone out there own a similar instrument with an intact label that I could get a copy of? Here's mine ...
  13. On eBay now ... http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-VICTORIAN-FRENCH-FLUTINA-ACCORDIAN-SQUEEZE-BOX-BRASS-MOTHER-OF-PEARL-/221611741985?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item339916d321
  14. I think I know the whereabouts of this concertina! It's still in this condition. The extra buttons are whistles and other stuff, but stopped from working by a bit of newspaper strategically placed. Same side vents, papers, button arrangement (from memory) and the brass plates on the upper outer edge of the hex end. I think I'll see if the owner will let me take the end off, with my camera handy!
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