The Concertina Museum Collection Ref:C-101.

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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 1845 period 48-key rosewood-ended Wheatstone English system, with many of the additional features showing the final stages of the progression to what may be called the "Standard" Wheatstone design. Conventional divided Ends/Action. This design has conventional hexagonal pans, with triangular wooden corner supports (not the previously-used "French Cradle") and square-ended nickel-tongued reeds, with the standard divided end- and action-levels. The bellows show less of the sharp folding but are still have "Bookbinder's" crimps to the bellows-frame, and are of 4-folds They have a silk-reinforced bottom-bout to bellows-frame, and have the early "Gilt Circle & Dot" bellows papers. Later Wheatstone black leather straps. In poor condition, awaiting conservation. Sold to Miss Burkinghead on 5th November 1845.

Concertina Summary: Charles Wheatstone No 1040 (with some parts in course of conservation). "His Maj.." period (but with label absent). sold on 2th May 1846 to Vaughan Esq., but this entry is also numbered "1040"; The Number "1040" also appears on 19th June 1846 (a 48 sold to Mr Jas Smith), and also as one of a pair of second hand instruments sold to Mr B Barwick for £7 on 27th March 1856. The 1195 Instrument may have had parts from 1040 added to it, though the instrument is in fine, un-repaired condition.

Owner or Collection: Concertina Museum, Belper

Maker: C Wheatstone

Maker Links: Concertina, Charles Wheatstone No 1040

Wheatstone Ledgers Link: Sold to Miss Burkinghead on 5th November 1845.

Region of Manufacture: London

Main Maker's Label Wording: Label missing.

Source Catalogue No: The Concertina Museum Collection Ref:C-101.

Maker Details

Wheatstone & Co. were founded in 1824, and survived until 1974. In 1975 the company was refounded by Steve Dickinson.

C. Wheatstone & Co was established in London, England by Charles Wheatstone (uncle to Sir Charles and William Dolman Wheatstone) at the beginning of the 19th Century. They moved to 20 Conduit Street, London, England in 1824. After the death of William in 1862, the firm was taken over by Edward Chidley, a distant relation. Edward Chidley died in 1899, and the firm was then controlled by his sons Edward and Percy. In 1905 the firm moved to 15 West Street.

After the death of the younger Edward Chidley in 1943, part of the firm was sold to Besson & Co., who were taken over by Boosey & Hawkes in 1948. In 1958 they moved to Duncan Terrace, Islington, North London. In 1961 the Duncan Terrace property was sold, and the remains of Wheatstone & Co. were moved to the Boosey & Hawkes factory in Edgware, Middlesex. The company ceased trading on the death of its last employee in 1974.

The remains of the company were purchased by Steve Dickinson in 1975.

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The Concertina Museum Collection

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