The Concertina Museum Collection Ref:C-218.

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Item Type: Concertina

Summary Labels and Serial Numbers End Frets Fingering System Straps and Holding Devices Fret Baffle Action Board Reeds and Reed Pans Bellows Case and Other


Full Description: 48-Key, Rosewood-ended George Case concertina, No 126, with the No 135 on the bellows-frames and each reed pan. It has the full 'late Joseph Scates' label wording, ivory keys, square-ended Brass-tongued reeds, and an owner's message in pencil of the centre of the LH action face. Four-fold green leather bellows with "gold-cross, dots and hexagon-tracery" papers, some "bookbinders"-style folding, and silk-reinforced bottom-bouts. The bushing to the keys has been removed, and a well-made profiled brass sheet added over the key areas at each end, with accurately-sized holes to admit each key. The sheet has rounded corners, and is secured by four small domed-steel screws. Original green leather thumb-straps and original strap screws. Fine rosewood case with coffin-handle addition to lid.

Concertina Summary: 48-Key, Rosewood-ended George Case concertina, No 126. (with 'late Joseph Scates' label wording) ivory keys, round-ended reeds, green leather bellows.

Owner or Collection: Concertina Museum, Belper

Maker: George Case

Maker Links: George Case:Good source of information at Chris Flint's web-site: An 1860 price list is at: and Case's address data is at: Booseys' address data (who were later to become owners of the Geo Case manufactory) at: Keith, Prowse & Co information at:

Region of Manufacture: London

Main Maker's Label Wording: "George Case, Manufacturer and Professor of the Concertina, 32 New Bond Street (late Joseph Scates), London" - a scalloped-edged label within the RH scalloped cartouche, and glued to the sub-fret pine board baffle.

Principal Serial Number: 126 on LH pine-baffle beneath scalloped cartouche, but Serial Number 135 on Pans and Bellows Frames.

System Type: 48-Key Treble English system

Source Catalogue No: The Concertina Museum Collection Ref:C-218.

Maker Details

George Tinckler Case was active at 32 New Bond Street, London, from about 1850 to 1856.

'Professor' Case seems to have been much more of a musician and tutor, although he originally worked for Wheatstone. He produced many tutors and arrangements. He first appears in listings in 1850 at New Bond St as a Seraphine Maker, but from 1851 this is changed to Concertina Manufacturer. He took over from Joseph Scates and around 1856 sold out to Boosey & Co.

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Last Modified 07 February 2012 by Neil Wayne, Chris Flint, Wes Williams

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