Wheatstone dates of manufacture

Typed in by:
Chris Timson

Original Source:

Concertina and Squeezebox Magazine Editorial and Subscription Offices Box 6706, Ithaca, NY 14851, (607) 273-2440

This magazine Was an excellent resource for anyone interested in squeezeboxes of any type. I had subscribed since almost the first issue, and managed to get the first issues while they were still available.

Sadly, the magazine has died, and efforts to revive it failed.

My tuning article in another part of this web page was first published in Concertina amp Squeezebox (In somewhat different form, since as I have learned things I have modified the text appropriately.) The article got its start as a letter in response to a request for information.

Now -- this should be viewed as only a rough guide, as there is a much better resource for Dating Wheatstone concertincas made in and after 1910.

Visit http://www.horniman.info And look up the date of manufacture of your concertina (and other information, sometimes in rather cryptic format) in Wheatstone's actual ledgers.

Or -- go back to my front page and follow the links to buy your own copy of the ledgers on CD-ROM -- in a format which will work on Windows, Macs, and Unix boxen. (Though they only promice the first two, I have verified that it works fine with an old browser (Netscape 4.77) under Sun's Solaris OS, so it should work in others as well.

Here is the list of dates of manufacture of Wheatstone concertinas by serial number:

      Serial no      Year             Serial no      Year

        1 -   499   1830/42         23500 - 23999   1904/06
      500 -   999   1842/45         24000 - 24499   1906/08
     1000 -  1499   1845/48         24500 - 24999   1908/10
     1500 -  1999   1848/49         25000 - 25499   1910/12
     2000 -  2499   1849/50         25500 - 25999   1912/13
     2500 -  3499   1850/51         26000 - 26499   1913/14
     3500 -  3999   1851/52         26500 - 26999   1914/16
     4000 -  4999   1852/53         27000 - 27499   1916/17
     5000 -  6999   1853/54         27500 - 27999   1917/19
     7000 -  7999   1854/55         28000 - 28499   1919/20
     8000 -  8999   1855/56         28500 - 28999   1920/21
     9000 -  9999   1856/57         29000 - 29499   1921/22
    10000 - 10999   1857/59         29500 - 29999   1922/24
    11000 - 11999   1859/63         30000 - 30499   1924/25
    12000 - 12999   1863/65         30500 - 30999   1925/26
    13000 - 13999   1865/67         31000 - 31499   1926/27
    14000 - 18499   1867/70         31500 - 31999   1927/29
    18500 - 18999   1870/73         32000 - 32499   1929/30
    19000 - 19499   1873/77         32500 - 32999   1930/33
    19500 - 19999   1877/82         33000 - 33499   1933/35
    20000 - 20499   1882/86         33500 - 33999   1935/36
    20500 - 20999   1886/89         34000 - 34499   1936/37
    21000 - 21499   1889/92         34500 - 34999   1937/38
    21500 - 21999   1892/95         35000 - 35499   1938/45
    22000 - 22499   1895/98         35500 - 35540   1945/51
    22500 - 22999   1898/01         35541 - 36400   1951/57
    23000 - 23499   1901/04         36401 - 36680   1957

This list was originally prepared by Nigel Pickles and published in Concertina amp Squeezebox, and is reproduced by permission of Joel Cowan, editor of Concertina amp Squeezebox.

Concertinas made by Steve Dickinson under the Wheatstone trade mark have serial numbers commencing 60000.

This list will appear in the next release of the Concertina FAQ.

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