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Mystery Concertina

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I have a 28-button anglo with what I think are rosewood ends, in poor shape at present.

 

The end label is partly obscured but I can decipher a partial address:

 

???? Street, Houndsditch, London (W.C.?)

 

The only letter remaining of the name is a capital F followed by a period (would have been at the end of the name) and I believe it says 'manufacturer' below the name.

 

It does not have the usual Lachenal trademark and wording.

 

It looks Lachenal in many ways (e.g a hooked action and the typical star bellows)

 

Anybody have any idea whos it may be?

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This sounds very much like a concertina that was recently sold on eBay (27th March), could it be the same one ?

 

If so, the seller stated that the "Label reads what is left of it ' ... 5 High St Aldgate, Houndsditch, London' ", which suggests that the instrument was sold by the dealer John Henry Ebblewhite, who was at 4-5, High Street, Aldgate, E. in the 1880's/'90's, and also had an address at 1, Houndsditch, E.

 

Judging by the photographs, of that concertina, the actual maker appears to have been F. C. Nickolds.

Edited by Stephen Chambers

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The only other Houndsditch address reference I know of, if it isn't what Stephen suggests, is Samuel Barnett, 31 Houndsditch and 27 Lit[tle] Duke St, c.1869 -c.1876

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Thanks guys, and for your off-line information Stephen. It doesn't have a serial number although there are some pencilled numbers on each reed pan. One of these smaller makers seems highly probable.

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