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  1. Many thanks for your observations and the very impressive results of your finishing. French polishing sounds like the route to follow for a true restoration although Tru Oil sounds interesting. I realise that it wouldn't be 'authentic' but has anyone tried a clear nitrocellulose sprays that seem to be used extensively by guitar (especially electric) restorers? Thanks again, Neil
  2. This may be a question that has been answered before on C.net but I have failed (maybe due to not searching properly) to find a relevant thread. I am restoring a mahogany ended 20b Lanchenal Anglo that has needed some heavy TLC on its ends (water damage, lost fretwork, loss of end bolt holes etc). The repairs have been done and the ends are back to bare wood - I now need to finish them. I have experimented with various approaches in the past but never really come up with a method that gives a simple, good looking, durable finis. I would be grateful to hear of any tried and tested methods (sequence from bare wood to final finish) of finishing. Many thanks, Neil
  3. Dear Dowright, Could you please tell me what the highest serial number is in the database for a Lachenal Anglo? many thanks, Neil
  4. Good evening, Can I ask semi miniature owners a couple of questions? - Does the L & Co or other (distributor) initialing occur on both sides of these concertinas. - Do semi-miniatures ALWAYS come with initialing? Could you please post photos illustrating your answers? Many thanks, Neil
  5. Dear Geoff, Your sage comments on this concertina explain the Crabb labelling. Many thanks, Neil
  6. Dear C.netters, I would be interested in your thoughts on this offering on eBay: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/H-Crabb-Son-Concertina-musical-instrument/254001470012?hash=item3b23aada3c:g:AMAAAOSwKphb~XxL Yours, confused, Neil
  7. I am reinventing the wheel here as I have just noticed that this same chap appears in a photo in Dan Worrall's 'The Anglo-German Concertina; A Social History' ! Neil
  8. Dear C.netters, Was watching a TV docudrama about the WW1 Armistice and this chap was involved in the subsequent celebrations in Paris. Neil
  9. Mike, It’s interesting that the accidental buttons are offset......another variation on the theme! Neil
  10. Edward, This post may be of interest....
  11. Wes, You are absolutely correct about the street naming and numbering.......see http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C818358 Not sure what the record is but seems to confirm things Neil
  12. 😮 Wow! It would of great interest to see a list these dealers in this thread? cheers, Neil
  13. Dear C.netters, I have just received a rather battered 20b rosewood Anglo with brass reeds, numbered keys and a 'makers' label for Imhof & Mukle, 547 Oxford Street, London. The concertina is #16745 and looks like an early Lachenal (Louis?). I&M seem to have been famous makers of Orchestrions and Barrel Organs but I haven't been able to find anything about their concertina dealing activities. They don't seem to appear in any list of known dealers.......has anyone else seen a concertina with their label? Neil
  14. This 'Jones' recently sold on eBay...........it seems to bear all the hallmarks of a 'Tidder" ?? Neil
  15. Dear C.netters, This concertina (#17642) is in auction at the moment with an invoice from Lachenal dated 11th January 1872 (see photo). I hope that this may be useful for Lachenal dating? Best regards, Neil
  16. Dear C.netters, I was looking at the Imperial war Museum online collection and found this WW1 Anglo........from the bellows papers it looks like a Jones with crudely replaced ends? It is ironic that the description of this exhibit in London are not as well documented as the WW1 concertinas held in the Australian War Museum and previously discussed here. Wishing all a a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Neil
  17. The serial number of this concertina is 17471 . Best wishes, Neil
  18. The reason for asking about open screw slots on the reed clamp was that they seem to have mainly be used in various Nickolds. They, F.C. & Bros, also used a 'c' shaped pivot or a riveted, round section pivot, which is unlike the 'keyhole' pivots in Mike's or hielandman's photos. My money would therefore not be on Nickolds as a maker? All the best, Neil
  19. Mike, Are the clamp bars holding the reeds onto the reed frames drilled with circular holes or are the ends of the clamps 'open' ? Hard to describe but have a look at http://www.concertinamuseum.com/Images/Concertinas_T-Series/D270g3b.jpg Neil
  20. Takayuki, Can you share photos of 5132,and 9126? Best wishes, Neil
  21. Many thanks for your replies. I haven't opened up the concertina yet so the serial number is still a mystery. Takayuki, I can't see whether the white keys are numbered in your photo? Best wishes, Neil
  22. Dear C.netters, I would be very interested to hear if anyone has come across a Louis Lachenal 30 button anglo like this before........? Best wishes, Neil
  23. No, a Lachenal with the serial number 1958 would have been very early, and not have had the Lachenal reed trade mark on the rest because trede marks were not introduced until 1875 (and Lachenal's only applied for their reed one in 1878). Also the rests would have been long on an early one, like these, becoming shorter on later models. But I abandoned that hypothesis as soon as I learned that the serial number was rubber-stamped... Stephen, Don and David, Many thanks for your further comments. I have a Louis Lachenal 20b Anglo #1950 and can confirm that it has stamped, rather than inked serial numbers. It also has wire staple pivots, a softwood action board and lettered buttons. As you concluded, this Baffling Anglo (BA) doesn't look like a Lachenal. Just to confuse things, the BA pivot post looks like Fig 16 in Wheatstone's 1844 patent (interestingly refered to as a Bridge or Support; Keys are labelled as a Touch or Stop) which subsequently appeared on Lachenals. I associate Nickolds with 'cut out' reed clamps.......again, this doesn't seem to add up. If only they could talk as well as sing!! Cheers, Neil .
  24. Stephen et al, I would be very interested to hear your diagnosis after seeing all the photos? Neil
  25. Many thanks for all your interesting comments....I have taken John's Box advice... Please find higher resolution photos of this mysterious concertina here (I hope!). The rubber stamps, small on the reed pans and larger on the bellows' frames are really confusing and I would have thought, rule out Lachenal (Louis or & Co)? Neil
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