Item Type: Concertina
Full Description: An early and unusual John Alvey Turner 48-Key amboyna-ended English concertina, Serial No 7, with the "John Alvey Turner, Manufacturer, 19, Poultry" label wording. There are no label or number cartouches in the fine-cut frets, instead the RH label is an applied gilt on black label glued to the top area, and there is an impressed John Alvey Turner stamp to the lower LH fret corner. The original black thumb-straps have gilt embossing around their edges, as do other J A T concertinas in the Collection. The accidental keys are both Black- and Blue-stained for sharps and flats, and the ivory keys are very tall. Square-ended much tapered brass reeds, nickel tongues, and serial no 7 inked on INNER face of pans, and on the inner bellows card only. The reed-pans are stamped with all the note-names next to the inner tip of the reed-frames. There are internal stamps of "J Scates", the inner faces of the amboyna frets are transverse-grained figured hardwood, and the trio of securing screws in strap, finger-rest and upper fret areas are of broad, slightly-domed form - all unusual features. The 4-Fold black leather bellows have "Bookbinders" fold to the bellows-frame, and an appearance of the early "Gilt Circles and dot" papers. The Serial No 7 is inked on most internal parts. With original rosewood veneered case with fine label in the lid. Many similarities with the early Scates instruments in the collection.
Concertina Summary: An early and unusual John Alvey Turner 48-Key amboyna-ended English concertina, Serial No 7, with the "John Alvey Turner, Manufacturer, 19, Poultry" label wording. Serial No 7, with original rosewood veneered case.
Owner or Collection: Concertina Museum, Belper
Maker: John Alvey Turner
Maker Links: The current owners of the John Alvey Turner banjo shop have history notes on their webpage: www.johnalveyturner.co.uk, and Richard Carlin's interview with Frank Butler has much information about Austin, George Jones, and other early Wheatstone craftsmen who went on to become makers see: http://www.concertina.com/carlin/frank-butler-interview/index.htm. Wes Williams has J Scates information at: http://www.concertinas.org.uk/others.htm#Scates
Wheatstone Ledgers Link: The Wheatstone ledgers contain details of many instrument purchased by John Alvey Turner. Three pages from the Ledgers are included in the instrument's case, and are viewable at: Ledger C104A page 300 and the subsequent page - See instrument details 573, 590, 596.
Region of Manufacture: London
Main Maker's Label Wording: John Alvey Turner, Manufacturer, 19, Poultry
System Type: 48-Key Treble English system
Source Catalogue No: The Concertina Museum Collection Ref:C-264.
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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.