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I am selling some instruments for the Widow of my former ceilidh band colleague.

One old anglo concertina has an interesting inscription inside stating that 1914-1918 it was on HMS Avon - a destroyer in the Royal Navy deployed off the Humber and Off Ireland. It also has a pencil drawing of the Union flag and some patriotic comments. There is a difficult to read signature.

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On 12/8/2021 at 9:18 AM, Colin Houghton said:

One old anglo concertina has an interesting inscription inside stating that 1914-1918 it was on HMS Avon - a destroyer in the Royal Navy deployed off the Humber and Off Ireland.

 

I have an 1850's Wheatstone English concertina that was played on the light cruiser H.M.S. Isis, also deployed off Ireland, as well as in the Atlantic, in 1914-16.

 

Whilst Jacqueline McCarthy has the semi-miniature 22-key Wheatstone Anglo that was made for Ken Loveless in his Navy days.

 

In a British seafaring context, English-made concertinas seem to have been played mostly in the Royal Navy.

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