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Wheatstone from 1854

Christine Eichbaum

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Wheatstone ledgers are not a defining document as to the age of your concertina, as many were re-sold at a later date after being exchanged, and their original date was not recorded or lost. The most important thing is its serial number, which will give a nearer estimate of its age.


Many concertinas of a similar age are perfectly saleable, and some being discovered appear almost in new condition as they have been stored away for many years. The condition of your concertina is important, as that will define how much needs to be spent to bring it up to a playable standard.


If you give us a few more details (serial number, number of buttons, type of wood - usually mahogany, rosewood, or amboyna) we may be able to be more precise. Some photos would help.







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