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Ed Rennie
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Just bought a Wheatstone English concertina, which appears to have the serial number 7520.

 

It has wooden ends with metal buttons and inlay in the corners. Seems sound in wind and limb, but I think the 6 fold bellows are a modern replacement.

 

Can anyone tell me more about it please?

 

Cheers

 

Ed

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6 minutes ago, Ed Rennie said:

Just bought a Wheatstone English concertina, which appears to have the serial number 7520.

 

It has wooden ends with metal buttons and inlay in the corners. Seems sound in wind and limb, but I think the 6 fold bellows are a modern replacement.

 

Can anyone tell me more about it please?

 

It was sold by Wheatstone's to Messrs Paterson & Co., for 8 guineas, on 17thJanuary 1856.

 

The inlay suggests it was their concert, 12-guinea, model (at a wholesale price) - "as used by Signor Regondi and Mr. Richard Blagrove" - and that it would have been manufactured for them by Louis Lachenal.

 

They usually had 5-fold bellows.

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1 hour ago, Ed Rennie said:

Hi Stephen

 

12 guineas sounds a lot, so presumably better quality? (I'm such a greenhorn to all this!)
Thank you! I'm intrigued by the Louis Lachenal connection. Clearly this is going to be a very deep rabbit hole of which I'm teetering on the edge. Down I go!

 

Ed

 

Hi Ed,

 

The 12-guinea model was the most expensive one in it's day, but greatly surpassed by early 20th century. models

 

You happen to be asking the right person about the Louis Lachenal connection, since it is a subject that I've researched and published papers about. See Louis Lachenal: “Engineer and Concertina Manufacturer” (Part 1) and Some Notes on Lachenal Concertina Production and Serial Numbers!

 

Stephen

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