Instrument Section C-260 to C-262, Maker - Jabez Austin
A good survey by Wes Williams of Jabez Austin's's various addresses and some of
his instruments is here:
The Wes Williams archive states:
"Jabez Austin set up on his own account about 1850. He appears as a concertina maker in a directory listing for 1856 as Austin, Jabez, 3 Crombie's Row, Commercial Road East . He died in 1857, and his business was taken over by his pupil, George Jones (see here)."
Here is a selection of information about a few selected Jabez Austin instruments in the Collection
C.260 -Jabez Austin No 150 :- A standard 48-key, with a "John Alvey Turner" 19 Poultry label, (and unusual quatrefoil and trefoil themes to the fretwork. The initials "JA" are stamped to the centre of each action plinth, and on the inner pan faces. The tongue-securing cross-pieces of the square-ended brass reeds have open sides revealing the threads of the screws: this is a feature found on all instruments of Nickolds and Nickolds Bros manufacture, indicating that some or perhaps all of the manufacturing in these J A Turner instruments may be of Nickolds origin.
C.261 - Jabez Austin No 169 :- A standard 48-key, with a fascinating label stating "Jabez Austin, late with Mr Joseph Skates [sic] Manufacturer 30 Bedford Street, Commercial Road East" - a hitherto unrecorded address and label style. The initials "JA" are stamped to the centre of each action plinth, but not on the inner pan faces.
C.262 - Jabez Austin No 178 :- A standard 48-key, with a dealer's label from Campbells', Glasgow, and a fascinating engraved silver presentation plaque with full details of the instrument's donation made in 1875. The initials "JA" are stamped to the centre of each action plinth, and on the inner pan faces.
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Created December 2010 by Neil Wayne
Modified March 2011 by Wes Williams
This page created Wednesday 30 March 2011.