The Concertina Museum: 4.7.2-001

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Item Type: Trophies - non-ICA


Full Description: A rare and early concertina contest Trophy, in cast pewter, awarded at Mr Roylance’s Concertina Contest in 1870. Roylance (c. 1840–?) was a musical instrument dealer, concertina performer-teacher, and author-publisher of tutors for English and Anglo concertina and other instruments. (See the Tutors Section of the Collection for details of Roylance Tutors – NC.5.4 - and Items NC.5.4.1-013 and NC.5.4.1-013 for two Roylance tutors. Most banjos and concertinas marketed under his name were made by other firms. Roylance sponsored at least one contest—“Mr. C. Roylance’s English Concertina Contest, Cambridge Hall, Oxford Street” (July 5th, 1870), and this large pewter trophy awarded at that contest is Item NC.4.7.2-001 in the Collection, with the engraving “Presented to Mr W J Corton, by the Umpires, for the best-played Concertina solo at Mr. C Roylance’s Concertina Contest at the Cambridge Hall, Newman Street, Oxford Street, July 5th 1870”.
The major source for information and listings of all known Concertina Tutors is Randall Merris’s paper at

Source Catalogue No: The Concertina Museum: 4.7.2-001

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