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H6718 Concertina and case, wood/leather/brass/bone, Wheatstone, London, England
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Concertina and case, wood/leather/brass/bone, Wheatstone, London, England
Charles Wheatstone, a scientist, invented the English concertina by adapting the 'Wheatstone button key system' (as used on Wheatstone's "symphonium" patented in 1825) to a bellows-blown instrument. The Wheatstone concertina was patented in 1844 and was very popular during the second half of the 19th Century.

Instrument type patented in 1844, and popular until turn of the century. Inscription indicates that was made during reign of Queen Victoria.

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Concertina and case, wood/leather/brass/bone, Wheatstone, London, England
(Part 1) Concertina, English type, 48 keys, portable, free-reed instrument consisting of green leather bellows device fastened between two hexagonal, polished wood end casings, each containing a small button keyboard of 24 keys. Decorative fretwork borders are carved into the wood around the keyboard panels. Towards the bottom of each end casing a green leather strap is a attached, and fastened with a brass buckle, forming a thumb-loop for supporting the instrument. A small oval shaped, paper label recessed into the fretwork on the right hand side, reads: "By Her Majesty's Letters Patent Wheatstone Inventor Conduit St Regents London". Th keyboards are arranged according to the Wheatstone button key system, there are four rows of keys for each hand, the outside rows, featuring brown wooden pegs are the accidentals, and the two inside rows of bone pegs, represent the C scale and have the letters of the scale engraved on their heads. The 'C' pegs are stained red. Together the two keyboards make up the full chromatic scale, covering four octaves.
(Part 2) Case, hexagonal box of polished wood, with a brass lock fitting, fully removable cover (Part 3)
(Part 3) Cover, for case, polished wood, lined with maroon velvet (faded). leather strap handle from top is broken off.
Printed on oval shaped label top of right hand end casing: "WHEATSTONE/ INVENTOR/ Conduit St Regents/ LONDON/ BY HER MAJESTY'S LETTERS PATENT. Printed on corresponding label on left end casing: "2809"
Production date
1850 - 1900
165 mm
210 mm
190 mm

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Acquisition credit line
Gift of Harkness, D, 1960

This object record is currently incomplete. The information available may date back as far as 125 years. Other information may exist in a non-digital form. The Museum continues to update and add new research to collection records.
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