Item Type: Concertina
Full Description: A Joseph Scates 48-Key Single Action English concertina, Serial Number 164, hand-cut solid mahogany frets, with the early "40, Frith Street, Soho" address label. 48 Later domed chrome-plated metal keys, square-ended brass reeds, 4-fold green leather bellows with early "Gilt Circle & Dot" papers and repairs to leather around bellows-frames. A rare single action format, with single-sided reed pans, and non-return valves within so that air can be taken in quickly when playing (on push only) exhausts the bellows. Somewhat of a budget model, with simple hook-and-wire action, simple fret-pattern, pine sub-fret baffle bearing label and stamper serial number.
Concertina Summary: A Joseph Scates 48-Key Single Action English concertina, Serial Number 164, hand-cut solid mahogany frets, with the early "40, Frith Street, Soho" address label.
Owner or Collection: Concertina Museum, Belper
Maker: Joseph Scates
Maker Links: Joseph Scates information at Chris Flint's web-site: http://www.scatesconcertinas.com/ (Chris Flint mentions that Scates's early instruments were also supplied to J Alvey Turner). Futher info at the Wes Williams Archive: www.concertinas.org.uk/others.htm#Scates
Region of Manufacture: London
Main Maker's Label Wording: "Joseph Scates Manufacturer, 40, Frith Street, London"
Principal Serial Number: 164.
System Type: Standard 48-Key Treble English system, but in single-action format.
Source Catalogue No: The Concertina Museum Collection Ref:C-164.
Joseph Scates, a former tuner with Wheatstone, was active in London approximately 1844 to 1850, and in Dublin from 1850 to
Joseph Scates set up sometime around 1844 at 40 Frith Street, Soho, London, the house of his father Joseph, who in 1839 ran a 'Stationer and Porteusian Bible Warehouse'. He moved to 32 New Bond St. from 1847-49, but quickly sold out to George Case and by 1851 had set up at Westmoreland Street in Dublin.
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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.