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Anglo concertina

This is an Anglo system concertina, which means that different notes are sounded when the bellows are pushed or pulled. The fretwork case is hexagonal-shaped and has eight-fold, dark-brown leather bellows with patterned paper. There are two slightly angled rows of ebony-tipped buttons on each side, making a total of 20 keys (6 broken), plus an extra air valve button. The player would hold the instrument through two hand straps made of brown leather with red-felt lining.

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  • Decorative elements:Both ends of the instrument have cut-in and inlaid fretwork in a foliage pattern. The bellows have patterned paper with floral decoration, ribbons and white doves.
  • Inscriptions:Painted numbers for each button, in a series of 1 to 10.
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:412.132-62 Sets of free reeds with flexible air reservoir
  • Repository:Stroud District (Cowle) Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 230mm; Length of body only with bellows closed: 150mm; Width: 215mm