Item Type: A 17-Key Demian Accordéon from the Wheatstone Laboratory Collection, King's College, London
Full Description: This rare and early Demian Accordéon originates from the remains
of the “Wheatstone Museum Collection”, King's College,
London, from where it was disposed of in the 1960s. It bears the exposed
circular pearl pallets and ebony levers that influenced Charles
Wheatstone when he created the first “Open Pallet”
concertina in the early 1830s. Arguably one of the earliest “Open
Pallet” Wheatstone concertinas also formed part of the 1960s disposal
of instruments by King's, and is now in the Concertina Museum Collection
along with many other examples of his early musical and scientific prototypes.
The 2009 Galpin Society Journal paper by Neil Wayne
(Galpin Society Journal Vol 61, May 2009), at
contains much detail on the relevance of these early Demian accordéons in
the evolution of Wheatstone's Concertina.
Source Catalogue No: The Concertina Museum: C15.3.1-001
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Created August 2009 by Neil Wayne
Last Modified 07 February 2012 by Neil Wayne, Chris Flint, Wes Williams
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