Dating lachenal concertinas
Among the highlights are twelve ledgers from the C. More recently, Steve Dickinson, concertina maker and owner of C.
Wheatstone & Co., generously loaned five more ledgers to the Horniman Museum, covering the output of the factory for the years 1910 to 1974.
Sir Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875) was a physicist best known for his work on the electric telegraph, and as an inventor of scientific instruments.There is scarcely any demand now to view the original ledgers, and consequently the wear and tear on these fragile paper records has been reduced to almost nil.The aims of the Museum to promote research in the collections are also fulfilled by the existence of the digitized ledgers.Generous sponsorship from the UK’s Heritage Lottery Fund and the Museums and Galleries Commission / Science Museum PRISM Fund enabled the Horniman Museum to purchase almost all the contents of the Concertina Museum in Belper, Derbyshire.The collection comprised over six hundred free reed instruments, together with an archive that included concertina music, recordings and postcards of famous concertina players. They were saved from destruction by Henry Minting, one of the managers of the company.