Item Type: Concertina
Full Description: A later period Nickolds Bros 48-Key mahogany-ended English concertina, Serial No 8389, with the "G E Smith, Maker, 15 Cross Street, Newington Butts" dealer's label wording to RH end, and a large square printed 20th century label of "H. Dean, concertina dealer, tuner & repairer" on the inner face of the action. This apparently later instrument has black-painted bellows that show their original early "gilt circles and dots" white papers, retain an early silk reinforced bottom bout: the Serial Number of the bellows-frame is No 952, so the bellows are probably from an early Wheatstone instrument (Wheatstone Serial Number 762 in the Callection has identical papers and bellows reinforcements - Item see C-022 A first appearance in the Collection of a Nickolds with bevelled sides to the fretwork. The instrument has most internal features and labels intact. Another appearance of the Nickolds fret pattern with the trefoil feature in the lower section of the frets. Round-end brass reeds, steel tongues. Serial No 8389, with re-varnished and re-lined rosewood veneered case.
Concertina Summary: A Nickolds Bros 48-Key mahogany-ended English concertina, Serial No 8389, with the "G E Smith, Maker, 15 Cross Street, Newington Butts" dealer's label wording. Serial No 8389, with original rosewood veneered case.
Owner or Collection: Concertina Museum, Belper
Maker Links: Wes Williams' survey of minor concertina makers has an entry about Nickolds here: www.concertinas.org.uk/others.htm#nickolds, 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.
Region of Manufacture: London
Main Maker's Label Wording: Dealer's label of "G E Smith, Maker, 15 Cross Street, Newington Butts".
Principal Serial Number: 8389 within the LH cartouche stamped on the sub-fret pine baffles. A fragmentary number *28* ? Is on top inner face of action, no further serial number marks, except for that on the replacment Wheatstone bellows..
System Type: 48-Key Treble English system
Source Catalogue No: The Concertina Museum Collection Ref:C-277.
The Nickolds Family produced concertinas from around 1855 to 1888.
John Nickolds (b.1787 in Birmingham) was the toolmaker for Wheatstone with his own company at 5, Woodbridge St, Clerkenwell, and was replaced by Lachenal in 1848. He had two sons, Frederick Charles and Thomas, also involved with Wheatstone. The earliest listing discovered for any of the Nickolds family as a concertina maker appears in 1856; in 1851 John is listed as a 'machinist'.
Nickolds Bros are listed as operating from Woodbridge St. between 1856 and 1859. However in 1856 the brothers are also listed individually as:
F.C. Nickolds' company closed about 1888. Their sequence was:
Thomas Nickolds does not appear in any further listings, but is recorded in the 1881 census as a concertina maker, widowed and lodging in Newington.
One particular characteristic of Nickolds instruments is that the screw holes of the plate that fastens the reed to the shoe are open ended.
Listings for Nickolds Bros. in the 1920s in Enfield, Middlesex are for descendants of the same family.
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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.