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Gardiner - Houlgate Auction 17Th September

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Gardiner - Houlgate are holding a two day sale of musical instruments, starting on September 17th. There are five concertinas amongst the lots, 2 English and 3 anglos, including a C Jeffries anglo. The lot numbers are from 654 to 658. See the link below:

 

http://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/gardiner-houlgate/catalogue-id-srgard10036?utm_campaign=Houlgate&utm_content=catlink&utm_medium=email&utm_source=tsr-lap-10092015&page=8

 

Chris

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Interesting that the Wheatstone English , in the sale, No 19017 is noted in the ledgers as being "single action" . So, it only has reeds for one direction, press. It looks to be a standard size 6 1/4" Hexagon..... so, why would it be single action ? Special large reeds, a Baritone in smaller size ?

 

Any thoughts ?

 

Geoff.

Edited by Geoff Wooff

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Interesting that the Wheatstone English , in the sale, No 19017 is noted in the ledgers as being "single action" . So, it only has reeds for one direction, press. It looks to be a standard size 6 1/4" Hexagon..... so, why would it be single action ? Special large reeds, a Baritone in smaller size ?

 

Any thoughts ?

 

Geoff.

 

Geoff

 

In the ledger, Baritones and Basses are definitely indicated so this one is probably a Treble. Single action instruments were usually made for ensemble work so this may have been required as a 'second' Treble to support a lead Treble. While single action instruments could be initially cheaper (one set of reeds and possibly no reed pan) I suspect this possibly was not the case due to the inclusion of gilt fittings. I would have expected to see hand cut fretwork on this instrument instead of the machine (routed) version.

 

Lot 655. Probably a Shakespeare, the fretwork is the same, complete with the inclusion of birds, as found on other Shakespeare labelled instruments. Although usually plain, on this one the ends are, rather nicely, engraved.

 

Geoffrey

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Lot 655 (shakespeare?) sold for £2600.

 

Lot 656 Jeffries sold for £3200.

 

Plus 24% buyers premium inc. vat.

 

The shakespeare needed a big restoration. (IMO).

The jeffries was in reasonable condition. (IMO)

 

Lot 657 Wheatstone no. 19017 sold for £600.

Edited by vdvzak

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I've been to Gardiner - Houlgate sales, they're only about 20 minutes drive from me. They frequently have concertinas up for auction but you'll never get a bargain there. The Usual Suspects bid in the auctions by phone or via the auctioneer and they have a very, very good idea of the value of what they're buying.

 

Chris

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Sometimes if the "usual suspects" are dealers looking for inventory it can work to one's advantage. Since they are looking for a "wholesale" price that they can add a markup to, it can be a good strategy to wait until the dealers in the room stop bidding, then bid just a little bit higher. Not a good strategy with collectors in the room, or unidentified phone bids however.

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...if almost 4000 Pound for an unrestored Jeffries can be regarded as "wholesale"!

 

Maybe that one wasn't bought by a dealer?

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