Item Type: Concertina
Full Description: A 48-key "Keith, Prowse & Co" English, 48 Cheapside label, serial No 1003, with matte Rosewood ends, ivory keys, gilt embossing on bellows, RH thumb-strap and on finger-rest leathers. 5-Fold green leather gilt-embossed bellows, with modern green leather edging to folds. Square-ended reed-frames with brass tongues. Possibly partly of Geo Case or Rock Chidley manufacture. Later bottom half of a paper-clad softwood case only.
Concertina Summary: A 48-key "Keith, Prowse & Co" English, 48 Cheapside label, serial No 1003, with matte Rosewood ends, ivory keys, gilt embossing on bellows, thumb-strap and on finger-rest leathers. Possibly partly of Geo Case or Rock Chidley manufacture.
Owner or Collection: Concertina Museum, Belper
Maker: Keith, Prowse & Co, with possible Geo Case parts or manufacture.
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: Oval faeded paper label within oval RH fret cartouche "Keith, Prowse & Co, Manufacturers, 48 Cheapside, London"
Principal Serial Number: 1003 on bellows-frames, action frame edge, fret frame edge and once in top chamber of each reed pan..
System Type: Standard 48-Key Treble English system
Source Catalogue No: The Concertina Museum Collection Ref:D-257.
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.