A lovely example of the classic and sought after 56 key Wheatstone tenor-treble Aeola. Serial number 23657 is in the period 1891 to 1910 for which no records survive. This one would have been made roughly half way through that period, around 1900. It is slightly smaller than typical for a tenor treble at 6 3/4″ or 170mm across flats.
This is a top quality professional instrument with steel reeds in concert pitch, nickel ends and buttons, original six fold bellows and it’s original case. It is superb player with a huge dynamic range and will play from a whisper to a remarkably loud full volume.
A nice and all too unusual feature is that this instrument comes with a story. The concertina belonged to Martin Henderson from Cullercoats in the north east of England. Henderson was born in 1880 and was blind almost from birth, he showed an early aptitude for music and was presented with this concertina by Sir James Knott. He would have been about 20 when the concertina was made. With this instrument he played the music halls throughout Europe and as far afield as Australia. He returned to Cullercoates in 1920 where he lived until his death in 1941.
The newspaper cutting from 1969 and an original photo of Martin Henderson as a young man are included in the sale.