Item Type: Concertina
Full Description: 48-Key Rosewood ended and ebony inlaid English system, (number removed) , made around 1890, and showing many changes from the post-1848 Lachenal-influenced design. Nickel-capped keys with wooden cores, "C" notes gilt-washed. Originally with the "By Her Majesty's" label, (of which a fragment was found under the RH fretwork), there is now an early form of the "West Street" label applied. The serial number has been scraped off from the LH sub-fret chamois baffle, and the only labelling is the "Batch Number" of the instrument, in this case "8". There are original leather straps, and an original fine rosewood hexagonal case with later solid silver shield, hallmarked "Birmingham 1911" mounted on the lid. Now with the oval "West Street" label, and machine-cut frets of high gloss solid Rosewood ends with chamfered edges. 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 (number removed) . A 48-Key English system, (Serial number removed) , a high quality Rosewood ended and ebony inlaid instrument, manufactured around 1890, and showing many changes from the post-1848 Lachenal-influenced design. With the "By Her Majesty's" label replaced with a later "West Street Charing X Rd." label, and machine-cut frets with chamfered edges. The reeds are now in long-scale round-ended brass reed-frames with steel tongues secured by a single small rivet, and there is now no annular pan-label.
Owner or Collection: Concertina Museum, Belper
Maker: C Wheatstone
Maker Links: Concertina, Charles Wheatstone (number removed) http://www.concertina.com/wheatstone/index.htm
Wheatstone Ledgers Link: Serial Number removed
Region of Manufacture: London
Main Maker's Label Wording: A later "C Wheatstone & Co Manufacturers. LONDON. W.C., 15, West St. Charing X Rd." oval paper indicating a repair or re-tuning visit to the new premises, when the silver crest or later straps may have been added.
Principal Serial Number: The serial number has been scratched off the baffle: all other parts only have the "Batch Number" of the instrument, in this case "8"..
System Type: 48-Key Treble English system
Source Catalogue No: The Concertina Museum Collection Ref:C-088.
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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