Item Type: Concertina
Full Description: No number. A basic and early 20+1-key F C Nickolds anglo concertina, with a rare appearance label of "F C NICHOLDS, 161 CLARANDEN ROAD, NOTTING HILL, LONDON WC " label, dating from 1876 - 1880. Mahogany ends, mahogany action board, mahogany hand-bars, stepped at each end, as in Rock Chidley Serial No 5647 (Instrument C-243 ) The round-end brass reeds with steel tongues, have the unusual open-sided tongue-securing cross pieces, in common usage on Nickolds instruments. The action has the Nickolds Type 1 "Hook" pivots. Simple fretwork, with oval label cartouche. Original stippled black paper-covered pink paper-lined deal hexagonal, case.
Concertina Summary: A basic and early F C Nickolds 20+1-key anglo concertina, with a rare appearance label of "F C NICHOLDS, 161 CLARANDEN ROAD, NOTTING HILL, LONDON WC " label, dating from 1876 - 1880.
Owner or Collection: Concertina Museum, Belper
Maker: F C Nickolds, possibly with the assistance of his son.
Maker Links: Wes Williams' survey of minor concertina makers has an entry about Nickolds Bros here: [www.concertinas.org.uk/others.htm#nickolds], and Richard Carlin's interview with Frank Butler has much information about Austin, George Jones, and other early Wheatstone craftsmen who went on to become makers see: [http://www.concertina.com/carlin/frank-butler-interview/index.htm].
Region of Manufacture: London
Main Maker's Label Wording: "F C NICHOLDS, 161 CLARANDEN ROAD, NOTTING HILL, LONDON WC
Principal Serial Number: number
System Type: 20 + 1 Key Anglo system
Source Catalogue No: The Concertina Museum Collection Ref:D-279.
The Nickolds Family produced concertinas from around 1855 to 1888.
John Nickolds (b.1787 in Birmingham) was the toolmaker for Wheatstone with his own company at 5, Woodbridge St, Clerkenwell, and was replaced by Lachenal in 1848. He had two sons, Frederick Charles and Thomas, also involved with Wheatstone. The earliest listing discovered for any of the Nickolds family as a concertina maker appears in 1856; in 1851 John is listed as a 'machinist'.
Nickolds Bros are listed as operating from Woodbridge St. between 1856 and 1859. However in 1856 the brothers are also listed individually as:
F.C. Nickolds' company closed about 1888. Their sequence was:
Thomas Nickolds does not appear in any further listings, but is recorded in the 1881 census as a concertina maker, widowed and lodging in Newington.
One particular characteristic of Nickolds instruments is that the screw holes of the plate that fastens the reed to the shoe are open ended.
Listings for Nickolds Bros. in the 1920s in Enfield, Middlesex are for descendants of the same family.
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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.