The Concertina Museum Collection Ref:C-258.

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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: An early-1850s period 48-key rosewood-ended William Dove English system, with green leather four-fold bellows, with pine board sub-fret baffles. The fret pattern is closely similar to that of the early Thomas Prowse 48-Key in the Collection (see C-251 ) Square-ended brass-tongued reeds. Original green thumb-straps, original hexagonal rosewood-veneered case, with Keith, Prowse & Co label in lid. Serial No 106.The bellows show none of the sharp leather folding of the early "Bookbinder's" Style, and are of 4-folds,but they DO have the silk-reinforced bottom-bout to bellows-frame. The bellows have the common simple "Gilts stars and dots" paper pattern.

Concertina Summary: An early and unusual William Dove labelled 48-Key rosewood-ended English concertina, Serial No 106, with the "William Dove, Manufacturer 20, Poland Street, Oxford Street London" label wording. Serial No 106, with original rosewood veneered case. Close similarities to early Prowse family instruments.

Owner or Collection: Concertina Museum, Belper

Maker: William Dove

Maker Links: A good survey by Wes Williams of the Prowse family's various addresses and some noted instruments is at: The Lachenal research data on the site has several details of Wm Dove's short career. Visit:

Region of Manufacture: London

Main Maker's Label Wording: "William Dove, Manufacturer 20, Poland Street, Oxford Street London".

System Type: 48-Key Treble English system

Source Catalogue No: The Concertina Museum Collection Ref:C-258.

Maker Details

William Waring Dove was active as a maker from about 1850 to 1852.

Dove was another former Wheatstone worker who started manufacturing around 1850 at 20 Poland Street,Oxford Street,London. He did not remain in business for long, and in late May 1852 was in the Debtors Prison, appearing before the Comissoner on 7th June.The company was taken over by Keith, Prowse & Co..

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