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  1. Dowright

    Ab/Eb 20 Button Anglo Concertina for sale

    Peter, You sold it before I had a chance to say that it was made in 1890.
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    Dating A Lachenal From The Serial Number

    Bill N, I wish I could be a little more precise, but the best I can do for No 6915 is circa1860. Lachenal No. 7728 is shown in Wheatstone's records as having been sold by them to "Bagshaw" on 4 April 1863, and in the Wheatstone records is also Lachenal No 9641 sold to "Eules" on 28 July 1862. Ken, You are on the right track. My motto is, "If it's right, it's Dowright"
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    Upcoming concertinas for sale

    I swear that I am not trying to build up anticipation. I have just been busy with other things. So here is a preview of just some of them. I will not be posting all of them at the same time; I cannot handle all the anticipated correspondence at one time. I will have to give names to the concertinas to ensure that I and the prospective buyer are talking about the same instrument. Maybe I will just the names of fruit. All the instruments were recently appraised. I will be selling each at 10-to-20 percent below appraised market value. Here is a sample of some of them. 26-key Jeffries in C/G. 26-key Jeffries in G/D. 30-key Jeffries in C/G. 50-key Jeffries in Bb/F. (all are Jeffries Anglos, obviously) 30-key Lachenal in C/G in piccolo range. 20-key semi-miniature Lachenal in C/G. 26-key Jones in Bb/F. Wheatstone Edeophone (Yes, Wheatstone) in D/A, a very special one. 2 12-key miniature Wheatstone duets. 2 12-key miniature Wheatstone English (the 1911 one has a very strong provenance) 2 12-key miniature Crabb English. That is most, but not all, of them. I will start the official advertisements here, in the near future. And for each sale, there will be a donation to concertina.net.
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    30-button rosewood Lachenal Anglo

    David, The serial number would be much appreciated. You know that I like to estimate the year of manufacture.
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    Dating A Lachenal From The Serial Number

    JFB (Joe), I estimate circa 1907 for your 46-key Lachenal Maccann duet, Don, Dating your Lachenal Excelsior No 26318 is not as easy as it might seem, given that I do not have any receipts for instruments with nearby serial rumbers. So I use the following indirect approach. Even though your Excelsior presumably does not have bowing valves, the following is useful information: (1) Alsepti's bowing valve patent (No 8290) was granted on 8 July 1885, and (2) the first instrument with bowing valves in my data is No. 28320. If that one was built around the time that the patent was granted , then we can suppose that your No 26318 was made soon before or shortly after the 1885 date. But could it be that the No 28320 was built long after the patent went into effect? Not so, because I have receipts for No 29000 (1889), No 32620 (1894), and No 32621 (1895). So my estimate for yours in circa 1885.
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    Dating A Lachenal From The Serial Number

    Cohen, I am pretty sure that yours is a Lachenal, which would make it by far the earliest of the few Anglo bass in my records. Of over 3.300 Anglos in my data, only 3 others than yours are bass Anglos--Nos. 80151 (20 key), 95348 (34 key), and 100086 (30 key). I estimate the year of manufacture for yours as circa 1878. The next one--No. 80151--would date to circa 1884.
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    Looking for a 40 button anglo

    I have a really rare 40 key Wheatstone Edeophone Anglo in D/A that I will soon be selling. Yes, it is an Anglo, not English, Edeophone. Yes, it was made by Wheatstone, not Lachenal, in the mid-1930s. Yes, in the keys of D and A (a great comnbination) rather than C/G. I will try to post a descripion here, in the next few days. But if you are interested, you can send me a personal message beforehand.
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    Dating A Lachenal From The Serial Number

    Rod; Maccann No. 894 is not especially easy to date, but my best estimate is circa 1890-1891. Inside No. 729 was written "John Thomas, Concertina Soloist, March 4 1896". But I am certain that this entry was made several years after the manufacture. If he bought it in 1890-1891, five years later would have been about the right time for a tune-up/repair at which time the inscription could be made while it was opened up. I have been slow in sending you an email because, when I do, I want to attach some photos of the two 12-key Crabb English miniatures tht I have. COMING SOON !
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    Salvation Army Ab/Eb

    Jason ("oruairc"), Your No. 162462 is easy to date. I have a bill of sale for one less than 500 numbers later than yours--No. 162849 receipt dated 1898. Takayuki, Lachenal was building a lot of Anglos in the 1890s. Though your No 155862 was about 7000 less that the No. 162849, it was probably made only one year earlier, in 1897. In my data, your No 155862 is shown as 26 Key originally in Ab/Eb and retuned ot C/G; wood fretwork, bone buttons, brass reeds, and 5-fold bellows. I would appreciate knowing if this description is correct. A note on the dating estimates that I provide: I usually say "circa" rather than a singe definite year. Today, you may have to wait months or years to acquire your new high quality concertina. But Lachenal had a little showroom with a Dutch Daly poster on the wall and an inventory of concertinas from which one or more could be putchased on a first visit. So the instrument may have laid a while in the showcase after being built a little earlier than the year shown on the sales receipt. Also note that it is imperative to eliminate sales receipt for purchases of used instruments.
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    Dating A Lachenal From The Serial Number

    saguaro, Ironically, The mistaken estimate that I originally had for your Maccann No 2046 is close to the estimated date--hopefully correct--that I have for your Crane No. 3008. I do not have a sales receipt for a Crane with serial number close to your Crane number of 3008, but I used other information to arrive at estimate of circa 1911. Weak supporting evidence is provided by a Crane Triumph with serial number 3032, which is the first Triumph in my data. The Salvation Army formally adopted the Crane/Triumph in 1912, which is when the Salvation Army's Triumph tutor was published.
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    Lachenal concertina Advice Please

    Your No 85280 Lachenal concertina was made in about 1885. (!t is just a coincidence that the year of my estimate and the serial number each has an "85"' Note: in advertising, you will need to tell prospective buyers as to whether it has steel or brass reeds. (In fact, I am curious as to which.)
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    Dating A Lachenal From The Serial Number

    Saguaro, I estimate the year of manufacture of your Maccann No. 2046 as circa 1910. I do not have any receipts or other info for Maccan duets in this serial number range, but here is the logic of my estimate: Maccann duets had the early duet numbering sequence. (starting in 1884). When Crane duets appeared, they originally had a separate serial number series (starting in 1896). However, when the Buttersworth patent owned by Crane expired, the joint Crane-Maccann series emerged, proceeding from the then current top of the Maccann series, which was then at or around No. 2000. This occurred in 1910/1911 when the patent had expired. At that time, the old separate Crane series was around 1200. CORRECTION. STOP THE PRESS! I am embarrassed to say that the above message is fairly logical but totally wrong. I have found an original sales record for Maccann No. 1819 dated February 8, 1898, with a label of "Maccann Concertina Academy, Liverpool, Lachenal & Co Instrument. " Thus, my new estimate for No. 2046 is circa 1900.
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    24 key C/G Anglo Lachenal/ Wallis date ?

    Your 24-key was made in about 1875. Though yours is labeled as "J Wallis", other Lachenal Anglos of the period were labeled as "Louis Lachenal" or "Lachenal & Co.". The company transitioned from "Louis Lachenal" to "Lachenal & Co" in 1873, and started using "Lachenal & Co" labels on some instruments. But they had left-over "Louis Lachenal" labels which they continued to use on some instruments. In my data, No 24786 , a 22-key, is the first one labeled "Lachenal & Co"; No 27250 is the last one labeled "Louis Lachenal."
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    1850's Lachenal & Co Concertina for sale.

    Gary kindly sent me some photos. It is a 39 key (plus air key) Maccann duet with wood ends, metal buttons, steel reeds, and 6 fold bellows. From his 4-digit number, I should have considered that it probably was a duet, instead of my jumping on the idea of a very early or very late Anglo. My mistake! I think it was made in 1929. (The bill of sale for No. 4683, a 64-key Edeophone Maccann duet, is dated 26 April 1929.)
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    1850's Lachenal & Co Concertina for sale.

    Gary, Please give us more of a chance to see what you are selling. Just seeing the bellows, along with the serial number and "40 bttons, steel reeds", does not tell me enough. Lachenal made Anglo concertinas [I presume yours is Anglo] with serial numbers in the serial number range below 5000--(1) very early Louis Lachenal Anglos in the lower part of the range and (2) Lachenal & Co New-Model Anglos in the 4000+ range near the very end period of Lachenal manufacture. For example, No. 4679 is also a 40-key Anglo, and is a New Model. And No. 4674 is a 30-key New Model. (Why, in the late 1920s, Lachenal & Co went back to this early-number sequence is another story for another day.) MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE.