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english concertina, R or K Flintan, Weybridge Surrey


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I recently got my hands on an old broken English concertina.

While working on it I got curious if anyone knows more about it. like what kind of concertina it is or when it was made approximately.

I found a stamp on the inside (picture) and was able to decipher R. or K. Flintan, Weybridge Surrey, .....?  Can't read the bottom part.

It is also marked with the number 268.

I don't really know much about identifying/dating concertinas, so I appreciate any information.

Cheers

 

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4 hours ago, Skran said:

I recently got my hands on an old broken English concertina.

While working on it I got curious if anyone knows more about it. like what kind of concertina it is or when it was made approximately.

 

It's typical of many mid-Victorian English concertinas, made by indeterminate makers who were often producing parts for each other and putting together instruments using such components - so, lacking a definitive name on them, you can only say they were made by "the usual suspects".

 

Mind you, if my research collection wasn't "on the other side of the water" to myself at the moment, I'd root through it and see if I had anything similar that did have a name on it...

 

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I found a stamp on the inside (picture) and was able to decipher R. or K. Flintan, Weybridge Surrey, .....?  Can't read the bottom part.

 

There was a Robert Flintan who was an Engineer in Weybridge, and I've found traces of him in 1870, and still in 1913, so probably it belonged to him. He lived at Francis Villa, Thames Street, and I believe I can make out "Francis" as the first word of the bottom part.

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7 hours ago, Skran said:

Many Thanks Stephen Chambers! That is already way more than I was expecting to find out.

 

You've fallen quite lucky with this chap. He was born in 1832 and died in 1916.

 

 

   He was a Seed crusher and oil merchant, it seems like a family business, his father William Flintan was a wealthy man...in 1870 Robert inherited his father's shares in The Great Western Railway. By 1891 he is describing himself as retired engineer & machine maker, my guess is the stamp is the company letterhead stamp, pity the bottom part can't be read.

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Photo from Ancestry.

 

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Article courtesy of The British Newspaper Archive.

 

I think a nephew (possibly) William Houghton Flintan drowned in a boating accident at Margate in 1874.

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1 hour ago, sadbrewer said:

You've fallen quite lucky with this chap. He was born in 1832 and died in 1916.

 

 

   He was a Seed crusher and oil merchant, it seems like a family business, his father William Flintan was a wealthy man...in 1870 Robert inherited his father's shares in The Great Western Railway. By 1891 he is describing himself as retired engineer & machine maker, my guess is the stamp is the company letterhead stamp, pity the bottom part can't be read.

 

Ah, great! I've no family history site subscriptions at the moment myself, so my own findings were only what was available on Google.

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I was excited to find your post because Robert Flintan was my great great grandfather. I think the photograph of him came from my Ancestry tree.  I'm currently writing the story of this family, which is more interesting than you might expect.  Thank you for the photos of the concertina - I had never expected to see something that actually belonged to the family.  Best wishes Della

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