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Any clues as to what this anglo is?

It has nice undamaged wooden ends and fretwork shows a stag. (I think that's what it is). Bellows are metal reinforced ends and, sadly, bright green. Keys seem well sprung and it is remarkably in tune.

It came in a wooden box. Probably from New Zealand (well, that's where the lady who gave it to me came from....)

 

Warren

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Any clues as to what this anglo is?

It has nice undamaged wooden ends and fretwork shows a stag. (I think that's what it is). Bellows are metal reinforced ends and, sadly, bright green. Keys seem well sprung and it is remarkably in tune.

It came in a wooden box. Probably from New Zealand (well, that's where the lady who gave it to me came from....)

 

Warren

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Probably from New Zealand (well, that's where the lady who gave it to me came from....)

 

Hi Warren,

 

That is a nicely preserved one. Did she or anyone in her family play it? I'm always looking for information from NZ concertina survivors; they've mostly vanished without a trace, regardless of once having a thriving concertina and house dance culture....

 

Cheers,

Dan

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Looks to be a late C19th/early C20th German made model - and a particularly well preserved one.

 

The 'dropped shoulders' and use of only three end screws (as opposed to the usual 6 for British made instruments) seem to be characteristics of such instruments.

 

Yes, add to that the thick buttons, with the rows parallel to a straight side, and the stag, and it's got "German" written all over it!

 

I bet it has proper German concertina reeds, too - in groups of 5 pairs on a zinc plate.

 

Cheers,

John

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