Item Type: Concertina
Full Description: An early and unusual William Prowse 48-Key rosewood-ended English concertina, Serial No 7, with label absent. , 5-fold green leather bellows, case missing. Pine board sub-fret baffles. The font size and positioning of both the "L" and "R" labels, and the serial numbers are extremely small, and these stamps appear on every level of the instrument, often stamped twice and side-by-side. Square-ended nickel-tongued reeds. Original green thumb-straps, original hexagonal rosewood-veneered case, with Keith, Prowse & Co label in lid. Serial No 7.The bellows show none of the sharp leather folding of the early "Bookbinder's" Style, and are of 4-folds, and do not have the silk-reinforced bottom-bout to bellows-frame. In this and the other two W Prowse instruments in the Collection (C.251 and D-252) the bellows cradle supports are inset sheets of hardwood. The bellows have the common "Gilt Crosses and dots" paper pattern.
Concertina Summary: An early and unusual William Prowse 48-Key rosewood-ended English concertina, Serial No 7, with label absent. Serial No 7, 5-fold green leather bellows, case missing.
Owner or Collection: Concertina Museum, Belper
Maker: William Prowse
Maker Links: A good survey by Wes Williams of the Prowse family's various addresses and some noted instruments is at: www.concertinas.org.uk/others.htm#KeithProwse
Region of Manufacture: London
Main Maker's Label Wording: Absent
System Type: 48-Key Treble English system
Source Catalogue No: The Concertina Museum Collection Ref:C-252.
Keith,Prowse & Co. took over from William Dove about 1852.
Keith,Prowse & Co.were a company that traded under variations of the name. Mr. W Prowse, who ran the company from 1846 to 1865, purchased 16 concertinas from Wheatstone during 1851, so were already established as a concertina trader before the takeover of Dove. By 1888 they were selling rebadged Lachenals from 48 Cheapside,London.
The rarely seen Thomas Prowse label is not connected. He operated from 13 Hanway St,London from 1835-60 and from 15 Hanway St. from 1860-68, and is listed as buying various instruments in early Wheatstone records.
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Created August 2009 by Neil Wayne
Last Modified 07 February 2012 by Neil Wayne, Chris Flint, Wes Williams
This page created Tuesday 14 February 2012.