Wheatstone Concertina #19489
I took a few pictures of it locked in the display shelf.
It’s so cute! A small treble model I think. What are they – 6 inches across? Just a handful!
Serial Number 19489 (I think). From my reading that was from 1876. Wow. Where has this been to get from England to Vancouver, Canada in 137 years? It’s amazing that they have all the Wheatstone sales ledgers, so they might be able to tell who first bought this one that year. A bunch of interesting stuff happened in 1876, including key industrial revolution innovations in the internal combustion engine, the telephone, and the mimeograph machine! Also that year, Melvil Dewey invented the Dewey Decimal system! If I got this instrument I’d name it after him.
Minimum bid for their silent auction: $99.00 (Canadian).
They don’t let you touch the items until the closing date of the auction, so I couldn’t check its condition (not that I’d know too much, especially if they don’t let us open the instrument). It’s certainly damaged, with some cracks in the wood and bad straps, a few button-caps missing or broken – who knows what’s inside?
I put in $200 because I don’t really know what it will go for – depending on if anybody knows what it is. Presumably some antique-dealer hawks scout these things. I’ll be going back to see how the auction progresses. Closing is Jan 28 so I don’t have to wait long.
I’d love to interview whoever the auction winner is on the Accordion Noir radio show. Maybe I’ll meet other bidders on closing day and get to chat with them. That’d be a pleasure.
For more fantastic concertina history, may I suggest the Concertina.com site of wonders.