Wheatstone forty button 'Anglo' system concertina. This 'Anglo' (or 'Anglo-German') system concertina was manufactured by Wheatstone & Co. in London in 1922. The 'Anglo' system was invented in the 1850s, when George Jones combined elements of the 'English' concertina and the 'German' concertina into a new instrument. The 'Anglo' system consists of two ten-button rows, each of which produces a diatonic major scale, with five buttons of each row on each side. Some instruments, such as this example, have extra rows of buttons added, allowing accidental and alternatively fingered notes to be sounded. The instrument is bisonoric, which means that pressing and drawing the bellows will produce different notes - like blowing and drawing on a harmonica.
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Object Size:
overall: 215 x 161 x 190 mm
C. Wheatstone & Co.
Horniman Museum, London
Object Material:
wood; leather metal

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