Item Type: Concertina
Full Description: 48-Key Amboyna-wood ended and ebony inlaid English system, No 20030, made in February 1882, and showing many changes from the post-1848 Lachenal-influenced design. The serial number only appears glued on the LH "West Street" replaced dark gauze baffle, and other appearances are only of the "Batch Number" of the instrument, in this case "3", though the serial number 20030 has been added in pencil within the instrument. There are later black leather "West Street" straps, and a fine later square leatherette-clad case withgilt on black wovern "West Street" label. Now with the oval "West Street" label, and machine-cut frets of high gloss Amboyna-wood veneer with chamfered edges revealing ebony purfling. The Action contains a curved-topped brass sheet pillar with riveted pivot, and retains the brass-strip levers, broader at the Pivot. The reeds are now in long-scale round-ended brass reed-frames with single small riveted steel tongues, and the bass-reed pallets are of a larger diameter than the treble, with several of the small-notes' pallets trimmed at the side to fit the space available. There is now no annular pan-label.
Concertina Summary: C Wheatstone No 20030. A 48-Key English system, No 20030, a high quality Amboyna-wood ended and ebony inlaid instrument, manufactured in 1882, and showing many changes from the post-1848 Lachenal-influenced design. With the "By Her Majesty's" label replaced with a later "West Street W.C." label, and machine-cut frets with chamfered edges. The reeds are now in long-scale round-ended brass reed-frames with single small riveted steel tongues, and there is now no annular pan-label.
Owner or Collection: Concertina Museum, Belper
Maker: C Wheatstone Wheatstone moved from Conduit Street to West Street in 1905, where they remained until after the second World War.
Maker Links: Concertina, Charles Wheatstone No 20030 http://www.concertina.com/wheatstone/index.htm
Wheatstone Ledgers Link: www.horniman.info/WNCMARC/C1054/PAGES/CAP2070S.HTM The 1882 period Wayne Ledger is in an old Diary for 1864, and simply lists all instruments made at Conduit Street in any particular month in Serial Number order, and without price or purchaser data. This instrument was one of six "48 Amboyna" concertinas made during February 1882.
Region of Manufacture: London
Main Maker's Label Wording: A later "C Wheatstone & Co Inventors, Patentees & Manufacturers. 15, West St. Charing X Rd., LONDON. W.C" indicating a repair or re-tuning visit to the new premises, when the new case, gauze baffles, & later straps were added.
Principal Serial Number: 20030. This serial number only appears on the LH sub-fret dark gauze baffle., and all other parts only have the "Batch Number" of the instrument, in this case "3", with the serial number 20030 added in pencil.
System Type: 48-Key Treble English system
Source Catalogue No: The Concertina Museum Collection Ref:C-079.
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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