Item Type: Concertina
Full Description: C Wheatstone No 8704. 24-Key English system, No 8704, with the now standard "By Her Majesty's" label, and exhibiting all the post-1848 design features introduced by Louis Lachenal. Very much a "Budget" model, with just 24-Keys in a Symphonium-like layout, and reverting to flat ends, with a first appearance of glazed white cardboard sub-fret baffles. Now with a single-depth end and bellows-frame, with the single depth fret-frames nestling over the inset action board.The frets are now machine-cut.The reeds are now always in round-ended brass reed-frames, and the reed-tongues are secured by a large mild-steel single rivet, and the leatherwork on the bellows-frame and pan-dividers is now the smooth white suede chamois, (these features only used for a relatively short period) The unusually-small annular pan-label modified for the 24-Key format bears Wheatstone & Co's address, and full size and note details of each reed. Substantially restored (straps, finger-rests, pallets, re-tuned) by David Leese for its previous owner.
Concertina Summary: C Wheatstone No 8704. 24-Key English system, No 8704, with the now standard "By Her Majesty's" label, and exhibiting all the post-1848 design features. Another "Budget" model. The frets are now machine-cut.The reeds are now always in round-ended brass reed-frames, and the small annular pan-label bears Wheatstone & Co's address.
Owner or Collection: Concertina Museum, Belper
Maker: C Wheatstone
Maker Links: Concertina, Charles Wheatstone No 8704 http://www.concertina.com/wheatstone/index.htm
Wheatstone Ledgers Link: Not in The Ledgers - but Instrument 8703 was sold on March 7th 1857, and Instrument 8705 was sold on April 20th 1857, each at the budget price of £1-8-0. The link www.concertina.com/calculator/index.htm indicates that the equivalent price for this instrument in year 2000 would be £678.16.
Region of Manufacture: London
Main Maker's Label Wording: "By her Majesty's Letters Patent, C Wheatstone, Inventor, 20 Conduit Street, Regent Street, London"
System Type: 24-Key Treble English system
Source Catalogue No: The Concertina Museum Collection Ref:C-063.
Wheatstone & Co. were founded in 1824, and survived until 1974. In 1975 the company was refounded by Steve Dickinson.
C. Wheatstone & Co was established in London, England by Charles Wheatstone (uncle to Sir Charles and William Dolman Wheatstone) at the beginning of the 19th Century. They moved to 20 Conduit Street, London, England in 1824. After the death of William in 1862, the firm was taken over by Edward Chidley, a distant relation. Edward Chidley died in 1899, and the firm was then controlled by his sons Edward and Percy. In 1905 the firm moved to 15 West Street.
After the death of the younger Edward Chidley in 1943, part of the firm was sold to Besson & Co., who were taken over by Boosey & Hawkes in 1948. In 1958 they moved to Duncan Terrace, Islington, North London. In 1961 the Duncan Terrace property was sold, and the remains of Wheatstone & Co. were moved to the Boosey & Hawkes factory in Edgware, Middlesex. The company ceased trading on the death of its last employee in 1974.
The remains of the company were purchased by Steve Dickinson in 1975.
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