Charles Wheatstone British

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 681

After the symphonium, Wheatstone invented the concertina, a more versatile bellows-blown instrument. This example predates the final patented form of 1844. The English concertina does not easily play chords; instead, pressure and suction produce the same note. With the chromatic range of a violin, English concertinas were intended for playing Classical music and became fashionable during the Victorian era.

Concertina, Charles Wheatstone (1802–1875), Rosewood, nickel-silver, leather, paper, ivory, tortoiseshell; case of mahogany, British

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