With the limited information available, it is impossible to produce any real dating information for these smaller manufacturers, other than to note their approximate periods of operation.
The following descriptions give what information I have, using the Horniman collection as a basis, along with some instruments which have recently been offered for sale.
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).
Also that year, Melvil Dewey invented the Dewey Decimal system! Minimum bid for their silent auction: .00 (Canadian).
I’ll be going back to see how the auction progresses. 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. For more fantastic concertina history, may I suggest the site of wonders.
From another he ran away, but was captured at Windsor, not far from the theatre of his practical telegraph.
FRS (6 February 1802 – 19 October 1875), was an English scientist and inventor of many scientific breakthroughs of the Victorian era, including the English concertina, the stereoscope (a device for displaying three-dimensional images), and the Playfair cipher (an encryption technique).
However, Wheatstone is best known for his contributions in the development of the Wheatstone bridge, originally invented by Samuel Hunter Christie, which is used to measure an unknown electrical resistance, and as a major figure in the development of telegraphy.
A bunch of interesting stuff happened in 1876, including key industrial revolution innovations in the internal combustion engine, the telephone, and the mimeograph machine!
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.