Stephen Chambers Posted March 22, 2022 Share Posted March 22, 2022 (edited) I've had a 22-key one of these for many years, and heard of the odd one like it, but it was only when the thread Rusted steel reeds frames and tongues was started that I started to realise that all of them seem to have been cheaper grades (with deal wood pad boards) of Lachenal Anglos made in the year 1915. This set me thinking "why?" and I started to wonder if brass had become scarce and/or expensive around then because it was needed for WW1 munitions - and indeed it had, in fact that year's shortage of brass, for artillery shell casings, even forced a change of Government in Britain! "World War I required brass for ammunition, artillery shell cases, and condenser tubes for boilers on ships. By early 1915, brass production had increased by 50%. By the end of 1915, brass production was double the highest it had ever been. In the summer of 1918 it was two and a half times the highest it had ever been prior to January 1915" So I started conferring with Wes Williams and Chris Algar about known serial numbers, and came up with the following list (as described by my informants): 188736 - 30-key; WE; BB; SR; 5-fold bellows; "steel reeds with steel shoes" 188961 - 30-key, light wood/dark wood, bone buttons ,steel reeds and frames, 5-fold 189005 - 30-key WE; BB; SR in Aluminum [more likely steel?] reed shoes; 5-fold 189476 - 26-key, bone buttons, mahogany ends, spindle-cut "full" fretwork, bellows missing 189581 - 32-key, cheap metal ends bb, steel reeds and frames, 6-fold. 189633 - 22-key, bone buttons, rosewood ends, spindle-cut "full" fretwork, 5-fold 189665 - 30-key, mahogany ends, spindle-cut "full" fretwork, 5-fold 189667 - 30-key Wood Ends, Bone Buttons, with 'iron frames' 189937 - 20-key; WE; BB; SR; (with steel frames); 5-fold; scrapped It looks like we're dealing with a range of something over 1,200 Anglo serial numbers from around the year 1915, but it would be helpful to get a larger sampling than just these nine instruments, so if you've got/know of any of them I'd be greatly obliged if you could add it to this thread, likewise I'd be interested to hear of Anglos of better quality from the period that (presumably?) don't have the steel reed frames. Or does anybody have a Lachenal English concertina with steel frames? (At the present time we don't think there were any, but you never know... ) Edited March 23, 2022 by Stephen Chambers Edited to add link 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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