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  1. Dowright

    Lachenal Date Help

    I estimate that it was made circa 1878. The closest "marker" that I have is No 46951, a 20 key Anglo with handwritten "Bought at Wallis Warehouse, 1 Jan 1878". Lachenal was making about 5200 Anglos per year in that period.
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    Probably a Lachenal

    I guess that we can tell from the third photo, through the bellows, that it has steel reeds.
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    Probably a Lachenal

    Yes. it was made by Lachenal (about 1870). It undoubtedly has 5-fold bellows, but we are not told if it has brass or steel reeds.
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    Concertina Bow Arm

    Comparing bellows action to violin bowing goes back to the 19th century, thanks to Signor Alsepti. In fact, his part in the creation of "bowing valves" was inspired by the analogy. See attachment.
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    For sale: Wheatstone Miniature Maccann Duet Concertina

    You may have seen my article on miniature concertinas in the Papers of the International Concertina Association (now defunct but back issues archived in the PICA section of concertina.org). In the course of writing the article, I acquired a collection of miniature concertinas. I am currently in the process of having them appraised. I will be selling most of them--English, Anglo, and duets made by Wheatstone, Crabb, Lachenal et al--in the near future. I will be selling them here at concerrina.net and elsewhere.
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    Imhof & Mukle

    I have seen the following labels of dealers (not including Lachenal itself): Labels of 11 separate dealers on 28 duet Lachenals Labels of 69 separate dealers on 221 English Lachenals Labels of 73 dealers on 333 Anglo Lachenals Of course, some dealers are in both or all three dealer lists. But I have never seen an Imhof & Mukle label before.
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    Lachenal Anglo Date of Manufactor

    The best I can do is "circa 1880."
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    For sale: Wheatstone Miniature Maccann Duet Concertina

    Greg, Thanks for posting the key diagram. And "bravo" to Chris Algar for recognizing it as a Maccann model. The record in the Wheatstone ledger only shows that it was made in 1929 and that it is "N.P. hex Duet 12 key" [i.e. Nickol Plated Hexagonal Duet 12 key]. But from the key diagram, we see that it is consistent with core notes in a full-size 46-key Maccann duet, as shown in the attachment .
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    For sale: Wheatstone Miniature Maccann Duet Concertina

    Greg, I am attaching key layout and note diagrams for two Wheatstone minature duet concertinas that I have. I hope it may prompt you to provide the same information for your No 32154. In particular, I would like to know how you come to claassify it as a Maccann duet.
  10. I would much appreciate a key diagram.

    Thanks for considering my request.

  11. I would much appreciate the serial number for your Lachenal concertina (stamped on the reed pan inside each end).

    My guess is around 150000. Thanks for considering my request.

    1. WCrook



  12. Dowright

    MacCann 46 button

    2133 is a standard 4-digit serial number for a Lachenal duet concertina. All Lachenal duets, Maccann and Crane, had 1-to-4 digit serial numbers. Lachenal did not have 4-digit batch numbers. No 2133 was made circa 1901.
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    Another J Wallis 20 Button Anglo

    No. 24717 was made circa 1874, How do we know? For those with Lachenal labeling, the earliest ones with "Lachenal & Co." (rather than "Louis Lachenal") were numbered around 24000. No. 10572 was made circa 1868. J Wallis started selling Lachenal Anglos from the outset (around 1862). I cannot say for sure, but I do not think that J. Wallis dealt in English Lachenals until about the time the company changed ownership (1873) when the Engsih ones were numbered around 19000.
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    Lachenal English Dating Evidence

    This is nice support for what I already had. I had dated No 17642 to 1872, but based on different information. I am impressed with Mike Pierceall's estimate based on such a simple formula. But I would caution that the formula is unlikely to hold up for other Lachenal manufacturing periods, given the ups and downs of the level of Lachenal production..
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    Wanted: Old Leather Concertina Case

    I concur with Ross Schlabach and would draw special attention to his remark that "you should make sure the case has plenty of clearance for your instrument..." Jeffiries leather cases have shrunk a little over time and usually cause the concertina to fit extremely tightly. We know better than to expand concertina bellows without depressing a key, but that is exactly what can happen from trying to pull a Jeffries concertina from one of the old Jeffries leather cases. I can provide you with one of the old Jeffires cases. Just send me a personal message and we will work out sending it to your Ireland address at a very reasonable price. (First, I'll send you a photo of the case.) My Jeffries concertinas are in modern hard-shell cases made by Greg Jowaisas. If you get the case from me, I would advise using it as a handbag (which my wife once did) rather than as a concertina case, and keeping your Jeffries concertina in a horizontal hard-shell case,