The Concertina Museum Collection Ref:C-070.

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Item Type: Concertina

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Full Description: C Wheatstone No 9637. 48-Key English system, No 9637, Rosewood ends and sides,with the standard "By Her Majesty's" label, together with a range of Dealers' and Repairers' labels within. It exhibits all the post-1848 design features introduced by Louis Lachenal. Very much a "Budget" model, reverting to flat ends, and pine baffles. Now with a single-depth end and bellows-frame, with the single depth fret-frames nestling over the inset action board.The frets are now machine-cut. The reeds are now always in round-ended brass reed-frames, and the reed-tongues are secured by a large mild-steel single rivet, (this feature only used for a relatively short period) and the leatherwork on the bellows-frame and pan-dividers is the early white glossy Suede/Chamois. The large annular pan-label bears Wheatstone & Co's address, and full size and note details of each reed..

Concertina Summary: C Wheatstone No 9637. 48-Key English system, No 9637, with the now standard "By Her Majesty's" label, and exhibiting all the post-1848 design features. Another "Budget" model. The frets are now machine-cut.The reeds are now always in round-ended brass reed-frames, and the large annular pan-label bears Wheatstone & Co's address.

Owner or Collection: Concertina Museum, Belper

Maker: C Wheatstone

Maker Links: Concertina, Charles Wheatstone No 9637

Wheatstone Ledgers Link: Bought by Jas. Gibson., for Four Guineas, on 8th April 1857. The link indicates that the equivalent price for this instrument, in year 2000 would be £2,034.48

Region of Manufacture: London

Main Maker's Label Wording: A faded label: "By her Majesty's Letters Patent, C Wheatstone, Inventor, 20 Conduit Street, Regent Street, London"

System Type: 48-Key Treble English system

Source Catalogue No: The Concertina Museum Collection Ref:C-070.

Maker Details

Wheatstone & Co. were founded in 1824, and survived until 1974. In 1975 the company was refounded by Steve Dickinson.

C. Wheatstone & Co was established in London, England by Charles Wheatstone (uncle to Sir Charles and William Dolman Wheatstone) at the beginning of the 19th Century. They moved to 20 Conduit Street, London, England in 1824. After the death of William in 1862, the firm was taken over by Edward Chidley, a distant relation. Edward Chidley died in 1899, and the firm was then controlled by his sons Edward and Percy. In 1905 the firm moved to 15 West Street.

After the death of the younger Edward Chidley in 1943, part of the firm was sold to Besson & Co., who were taken over by Boosey & Hawkes in 1948. In 1958 they moved to Duncan Terrace, Islington, North London. In 1961 the Duncan Terrace property was sold, and the remains of Wheatstone & Co. were moved to the Boosey & Hawkes factory in Edgware, Middlesex. The company ceased trading on the death of its last employee in 1974.

The remains of the company were purchased by Steve Dickinson in 1975.

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The Concertina Museum Collection

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