Item Type: Concertina
Full Description: A Joseph Scates 48-Key English system, Serial Number 317. Several early features, with very narrow bushed ivory keys with blue-stained flats and black-stained sharps, hand-cut solid rosewood frets with a tiny hole right in the centre (possible where the scribing-tool or compass marked out the boundaries of the annular ring of fretwork). ends. This is an early model with "Frith Street" label, square-ended brass reeds with nickel-silver tongues. The action is of the "divided cylindrical brass pillar with pivot through" form, Steel springs. 4-fold green leather bellows with early "Gilt Circle & Dot" papers and silk reinforced bottom bout. Original fine rosewood case.
Concertina Summary: A Joseph Scates 48-Key English system, Serial Number 317, hand-cut solid rosewood frets, with the earliest "Frith Street" address label, thus an early model. Three-colour ivory keys, square-ended brass reeds, 4-fold green leather bellows with early "Gilt Circle & Dot" 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, 40, Frith Street, London"
System Type: Standard 48-Key Treble English system
Source Catalogue No: The Concertina Museum Collection Ref:C-153.
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
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