Item Type: Concertina
Full Description: 48-Key Joseph Scates English system, No 19, from the 32 New Bond Street address. One of the earliest recorded, the instrument has hand-cut Amboyna ends, ivory keys, square-ended brass reeds, 4-fold green leather bellows with early gold-star papers and silk reinforced bottom bout.
Concertina Summary: A Joseph Scates 48-Key English system, Serial Number 19, Amboyna ends, a very early model. Ivory keys, square-ended brass reeds, 4-fold green leather bellows with early gold-star papers and silk reinforced bottom bout.
Owner or Collection: Concertina Museum, Belper
Maker: Joseph Scates
Maker Links: Joseph Scates information at Chris Flint's web-site: http://www.scatesconcertinas.com/ (Chris Flint mentions that Scates's early instruments were also supplied to J Alvey Turner). Futher info at the Wes Williams Archive: www.concertinas.org.uk/others.htm#Scates
Region of Manufacture: London
Main Maker's Label Wording: Joseph Scates Manufacturer, 32 New Bond Street, London
System Type: Standard 48-Key Treble English system
Source Catalogue No: The Concertina Museum Collection Ref:C-151.
Joseph Scates, a former tuner with Wheatstone, was active in London approximately 1844 to 1850, and in Dublin from 1850 to
Joseph Scates set up sometime around 1844 at 40 Frith Street, Soho, London, the house of his father Joseph, who in 1839 ran a 'Stationer and Porteusian Bible Warehouse'. He moved to 32 New Bond St. from 1847-49, but quickly sold out to George Case and by 1851 had set up at Westmoreland Street in Dublin.
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Created August 2009 by Neil Wayne
Last Modified 07 February 2012 by Neil Wayne, Chris Flint, Wes Williams
This page created Tuesday 14 February 2012.