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Accordion - Imperial, Vox Humana, circa 1890 Object Reg. No: ST 029630

Summary:
Imperial Accordion vox humana, made in Germany, circa 1890. It is believed to have been used at the Cobb & Co Change House in Heidelberg.
Description:
Accordion with brass buttons and rectangular metal and wood keys. Along the edges of the accordion there are pieces of metal which have been embossed with words and pictures of anchors.The bellows are situated in the centre of the accordion, they are white with a gold star motif. There is a rectangular wooden handle with a green and purple strap, on top of the handle there are six holes and there are three similar holes on the underside of the handle. All the holes are blocked from the inside with a strip of white coloured material. The two middle holes and one of the ones underneath the handle have a plastic button attached to the end of the white board, protruding from them. These buttons, when pressed down, changes the sound produced by the accordion. The accordion is housed in a leather box which is lined with felt.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from G. Cook, 1976
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 142.00 mm (Height), 250.00 mm (Width), 275.00 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: musical instruments, accordions
Themes this item is part of: Journeys of a Lifetime, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 1998-2015, Information & Communication Collection, Leisure Collection
Primary Classification: MUSIC & MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
Secondary Classification: Instruments
Tertiary Classification: keyboard
Inscriptions: Inscribed: 'IMPERIAL ACCORDION / MADE IN GERMANY / TRADEMARK'.
Marked: 'PATENTED VS 10-9-1890 NO 429763, GREAT BRITAIN 1.2.1889 NO 1833'
Scratched on back of box: 'COBB & CO'
Place & Date Made: Germany, circa 1890
User: Cobb & Co, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia

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