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Auction lot - Wheatstone & Co specially commissioned concertina with Jeffries fingering and interesting ICA provenance

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On 11/29/2019 at 1:17 AM, gcoover said:

I read somewhere that Crabb had made at least one Jeffries Duet - do you have recall as to what size or when that might have been?

 

Gary

Gary, I have found two definite Crabb built Jeffries Duets in the records:

No.9055, 50 button, built 1930.

No.18298, 60 button, built 1969.

I have no other information to hand at the moment on these. When I am more able, I will have a look to see if the plans for these (or any others) still exist. 

Geoff

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The instrument (original subject of this thread) is listed as 'passed' by the auctioneer, in other words it did not sell.

 

I see a linota in the same sale realised £2,900, which even with commission et al, seems a reasonable price assuming reeds etc were in decent fettle. https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/gardiner-houlgate/catalogue-id-srgard10135/lot-6977a607-d1bf-4bbe-b018-ab0c00fa115d

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I too had the pleasure of meeting Jim and his son Maurice after an ICA meeting in London. Maurice was then getting over Polio ,The duet he is playing in the picture kindly sent by Mark was sold at a Steam Rally in Sussex.The last that was heard of Maurice. His playing is available on the Duet Recordings page here .He never played again after his illness a sad loss to the concertina world. One of the finest players of the instrument I have heard

Al

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On 12/16/2019 at 8:58 PM, Bill Crossland said:

The bidding reached £3400 on the Jeffries instrument before being passed

Would that - after buyers premium and VAT on the premium - not have been a reasonable price to attain ?  Particularly as it is ( is it not ?? ) after all a later Wheatstone, albeit with Jeffries 'pattern' Duet fingering, so not a Jeffries per se, with it's added kudos. 

Re the Linota, which looked very tidy, a 'silent' and seized Linota basket-case with mismatched parts (metal and bone buttons at least) sold for nearly £4k after costs at a North Wales auction the other day.  

I attended a local 'country auction' this morning re. a 30k Rosewood Lachenal, basic Lachenal staple mechanism, in entirely 'silent', somewhat rusty and latterly 'desiccated' condition, no one else in the room seemed very interested but 'lively bidding' on the phone and Net took it to £620 after costs before it stalled, which seemed very expensive for a 'project'.  Are expectations exaggerated ? ....and if they are, are the created by on-line/distance/blind bidding on occasion.  

Edited by Sprunghub

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The seller would have received around £2400 after the auction took their bite, it would be far better to sell on Cnet!

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1 hour ago, Bill Crossland said:

The seller would have received around £2400 after the auction took their bite, it would be far better to sell on Cnet!

Agreed, entirely.....but if you use a selling medium, you presumably do so with a reasonable understanding of the fee's, and to expect more return, it questions what the expected selling price/reserve would have been?  Clearly higher than that achieved.  The buyer would have been spending over £4k, irrespective of what the vendor would accrue after their costs.  It still feels a high price to pay ( if not to receive ! )  especially as it didn't sell.

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