Section C-264 to
C-265, Maker - John Alvey Turner
A good survey by the current owners of the trading name of John Alvey Turner, (now a noted London Banjo shop) including their various addresses and some of the instruments sold, is here: The John Alvey Turner site mentions: " By 1860 it is safe to assume that the original Mr Turner had passed on, but the business was still in family hands and operating from premises at 19, Poultry, near the Bank of England. A label that survives from this era lists the products as 'Italian Strings, Harmoniums, Concertinas, Organ Flutinas, Cornets, Accordions, Vuillaume Violins, Violas, Violoncellos, and Resin etc .'"
Here is a selection of information about a few selected Jabez Austin instruments in the Collection -
C.264 John Alvey Turner No 7:- A standard 48-key, but with a "John Alvey Turner" 19 Poultry label that is unusual ly-placed as a gilt and black transfer onto the amboyna fretwork - there is NO label cartouche in the frets. There are similar impressed stamps into other places on the fretwork. These JAT models have many unique features including; the accidental ivory keys are black (sharps) and pale blue (flats); the thumb-straps have plain gilt-stamped edging; the inner face of the action is stamped with the J A Turner address, but the action plinth, and inner face of pan are stamped J Scates, indicating he may have played a major part in the JAT instruments' construction. Fine printed label to inner lid.
C.265 John Alvey Turner No 11:- A standard 48-key, but with a "John Alvey Turner" 19 Poultry stamp to lower corner of each end's fretwork. More JAT features, including - the thumb-straps have plain gilt-stamped edging; the action plinth, and inner face of pan are stamped J Scates, indicating he may have played a major part in the JAT instruments' construction.
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Created December 2010 by Neil Wayne
Modified March 2011 by Wes Williams
This page created Wednesday 30 March 2011.