Item Type: Concertina
Full Description: 48-Key pearl-inlaid, rosewood-veneer-ended John Crabb-labelled "English" concertina, of early Geo Case style. No Serial Numbers on end-frames and action boards or bellows-frame. 48 solid-silver capped nickel keys, bushed, round-ended reeds. The frets have an obvious George Case fret pattern and embouchure profile. Single-sided reed pan, with many internal stamps and labels from the John Crabb concertina maker. Robust 5-fold faded black leather bellows, with Jeffries-pattern papers and worn gilt-embossing pattern to bellows-frames. Later rough thumb-straps, nickel plate finger-rests, no case.
Concertina Summary: 48-Key pearl-inlaid, rosewood-veneer-ended John Crabb-labelled "English" concertina, of early Geo Case style.
Owner or Collection: Concertina Museum, Belper
Maker: John Crabb (with probable parts from other makers).
Maker Links: Minor Makers: The Crabb family address data at: www.concertina.net/rd_crabb.html#Boosey
Region of Manufacture: London
Main Maker's Label Wording: Internal labels only - one large oval stamp reads: “J Crabb, est 1860 (?unclear) ******* with L Lachenals & Wheatstones, Concertina Maker, 158 Liverpool Rd., Inslington. Concertinas of all **** *** made to order. Tuned and repaired”.
Principal Serial Number: No impressed Serial Numbers: Pencilled batch numbers R 1 and L 1 on top corners of bellows-frame..
System Type: Standard 48-Key Treble English system
Source Catalogue No: The Concertina Museum Collection Ref:C-327.
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Last Modified 07 February 2012 by Neil Wayne, Chris Flint, Wes Williams
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