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On 2/24/2023 at 5:46 PM, Grumps said:

I have acquired a Lachenol 48 button English concertina. Metal ended, with metal buttons, red coloured wood and with a possible serial number of 4458. Would you be able to date it?


That number is impossible for a Lachenal English-system, they started at 5000 (to reflect the number of them that Louis Lachenal had produced for Wheatstone's) in 1858, and metal ends only came to be used many years after that.


There seems to be a digit missing as as you would expect the number to be 5 digits long, so 4458X would have been made in 1906.

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