Item Type: Concertina
Full Description: A Simpson 48-Key rosewood-ended English concertina, Serial No 6 - on internal parts only. The fret baffles are absent, the thumb-straps original, and the reeds have unusually large reed-tongue securing screws. Mahogany case with velvet lining. The instrument does have some unique features, (and a low serial number) but it is likely that some of the parts, and indeed the construction, may have involved the Wheatstone manufactory at Conduit Street.
Concertina Summary: A Simpson 48-Key rosewood-ended English concertina, Serial No 6, with Simpson label. Serial No 6, mahogany case, velvet lining.
Owner or Collection: Concertina Museum, Belper
Maker: Simpson, London.
Maker Links: Wes Williams' survey of minor concertina makers has an entry about Simpson here. Wes Williams notes that ""Simpson appears many times in the earliest Wheatstone records. It seems that he stopped buying from Wheatstone sometime between Spring 1848 and January 1851, so it may be possible to narrow the date of instruments that contain Wheatstone or non-Wheatstone features".
Region of Manufacture: London
Main Maker's Label Wording: Oval paper maker's label of "Simpson, 266 Regent Street, London. Improved Concertina ".
Principal Serial Number: Serial Number 6 on most inner levels.
System Type: 48-Key Treble English system.
Source Catalogue No: The Concertina Museum Collection Ref:C-360.
John Simpson was a dealer who was in business about 1826 to 1879.
Simpson started in business in 1826 at 260 Regent St. From 1830 to 1872 his address was 266 Regent St, and from the mid 1850s he published concertina related items. In 1869 he took up a partnership with Weippert, which lasted until about 1872. In 1874 he is listed at 14 Argyle St., and from 1876 to 1879 at 32 Argyle St.
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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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