Item Type: Concertina
Full Description: An 1854 period Wheatstone "Duett" concertina in poor condition. It has 24 note-named Brass-capped wooden keys, - two of the RH brass caps absent, some replaced pallets, and later hand-bars and straps from a Lachenal Anglo. Rectangular mahogany ends, in the manner and profile of the earliest German concertinas, One surviving RH green leather hand-bar, (straps absent) and green leather bellows. A fine and complete 1854 Wheatstone "Duett" concertina in original case. 24 note-named Brass-capped wooden keys on long brass wire levers, simple hook action, rectangular mahogany ends in the manner and profile of the earliest German concertinas, LH green leather hand-bar and green leather bellows, case and hand-straps absent. Wheatstone's early "duett” concertinas look very much like early German instruments, but with different internal construction and a true "duet" arrangement where each button plays the same note on both push and pull. The keyboard is identical to the central notes of the later Maccann Duet Concertina, and anyone who can play a Maccann can immediately play a Wheatstone Duett in the keys of C or G.
Concertina Summary: An 1854 period Wheatstone "Duett" concertina, in fair condition. It has 24 note-named Brass-capped wooden keys, - two of the RH brass caps absent, some replaced pallets, and later hand-bars and straps from a Lachenal Anglo. Rectangular mahogany ends, and black leather bellows. A fine set of images of a "Duett" is at www.concertina.com/duett/wheatstone-duett-no-64/index.htm A copy of the original July 1855 Tutor for the Wheatstone Duett is Item No NC.5.4.7-001 in The Collection, and there are three further examples of the "Duett" in the Collection at C.094, C.095, and C.096.
Owner or Collection: Concertina Museum, Belper
Maker Links: "Duett" Concertina, Charles Wheatstone www.concertina.com/duett/index.htm
Wheatstone Ledgers Link: Not numbered, not in Ledgers
Region of Manufacture: London
Main Maker's Label Wording: The RH mahogany fretwork has a centrally-stamped Wheatstone label, of similar wording to the oval "Conduit Street" label used on their "English" concertinas. Label reads: "By her Majesty's Letters Patent, C Wheatstone & Co, Inventors, 20 Conduit Street, London"
Principal Serial Number: None
System Type: The 1854 "Duett" system, which is is identical to the central notes of the later Maccann Duet Concertina. This late model has codes for all the note-names and their positions stamped and inked into the action board, adjacent to the relevant pallets.
Source Catalogue No: The Concertina Museum Collection Ref:C-097.
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Last Modified 07 February 2012 by Neil Wayne, Chris Flint, Wes Williams
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