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Chris Ghent

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Some unusual features on this concertina. Several extra smaller buttons on the left side (but not the right) The apertures in the side of the action hex are unusual also, as is the bellows decoration. German..?





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This is definitely Jones bellows paper. The same bellows paper have been discussed before, and Stephen Chambers recognised it as Jones bellows papers. You will find a thread when you browse the forums for "wallpaper", where I (wrongly) suggested that the papers would have been replaced. Unfortunately the pictures of the Jones concertina on ebay have been removed.



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I think I know the whereabouts of this concertina! It's still in this condition. The extra buttons are whistles and other stuff, but stopped from working by a bit of newspaper strategically placed. Same side vents, papers, button arrangement (from memory) and the brass plates on the upper outer edge of the hex end. I think I'll see if the owner will let me take the end off, with my camera handy!

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I have now had a better look at this concertina, and photographed it from several angles for your perusal.


I think it HAS to be an early Jones. There is no serial number I can see, unless a hand written 5614 on the left hand reed pan could be it.


One interesting thing is that it was tuned and repaired in 1885 by someone called H Drechuls (??) from Rundle St, Adelaide. Has anyone heard of him?


I think I'll just post the photos and ask for comment.











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Hi Chris, No, it's here in Melbourne.


The repair note inside it had the date 3/1/85 (I think it says) and the maker is "3 doors East of York Hotel". I found this:The very first of them (the Adelaide hotels) was built here within a year of the foundation of the city and soon became THE place for travellers to stay. Any person of note made the York Hotel their headquarters, and as its reputation grew so too did the hotel. A smoking room, a card room and a new dining room were added for the state’s jubilee in 1887. Many wealthy and retired gentlemen also made this hotel their home, including a Dutch Admiral who could be seen on most days in the mid 1860’s in full naval dress, pacing up and down the balcony! The lease for the York Hotel was ultimately purchased by William Gibson who had grand plans for the site, and he demolished it to make way for an impressive building to house both a new luxurious hotel and an emporium.



From this description, it seems reasonable that the repairer would describe his location in terms of the York Hotel. Foy and Gibson eventually bought the land and replaced the hotel with a department store in 1920.


So this must be an 1885 repair. I wondered if blocking off the novelty buttons was part of it, and when that scrap of newspaper dated from. I found this:


  • Philip M. Sharples (1857-1944) was the inventor and manufactuer of Sharples Tubular Cream Separator which sold worldwide including Australia from the 1890's to the 1930's. The machine which separated the rich butter fat from the raw milk was manufactured by Sharples Separator Co.





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Both are definitely Jones, I've seen quite a few examples of the same model. Nothing about them is inconsistent with this model of Jones anglo -- the layout of button locations, left thumb buttons, fretwork, air valve, woods, bellows stampings, reed sizes, levers etc etc. They are a little big but they have a great sound when they're going well!

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