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We have been unable to determine if a particular number is a model number, batch number for a production run, or a number that was the handiwork of an owner or repairer of the instrument.

The only way to obtain an approximate date for a Jeffries instrument is from its features; there are five periods of Jeffries-family-made instruments, dating approximately from 1870 to 1930, although there are overlaps between these periods.

The Horniman Museum Collection includes a sophisticated metal-end Anglo concertina engraved with the White Lion Passage address and displaying features in common with Jones instruments (see Fig. Jones supposedly was experimenting with progressive designs for Anglo concertinas at the time. Jeffries 26-key concertina, White Lion Passage There is no evidence that Charles Jeffries was tutored in any way by Jones, and the occupations declared on official documents suggest the opposite.

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The later versions of Jeffries’ firm names have been found only in London post office and trade directories.

Today, the instruments made by Charles Jeffries command some of the greatest interest (and highest prices) of any vintage concertinas.

As the address suggests, White Lion Passage was a small alleyway and was situated on the south side of the “Met” music hall.

The White Lion had been a noted venue for musical entertainments since the early 1800s, but in 1864 the newly built (1862) “Metropolitan Theatre of the Varieties” reopened under new management with the White Lion Passage being incorporated.

In the absence of any business records, broad characteristics of Jeffries production are thought to be as follows: Charles Jeffries began his working life as a brushmaker, but somehow his skills soon led him to the concertina as a trade, first, apparently, as an aspiring concertina player, then as a repairer, and finally as a maker.

In the 1861 census, Charles gave his profession as “musician.” The following year, he was back to brushes, being listed as “brushmaker journeyman” in 1862 on the birth certificate of his son, Charles Jeffries jnr, and again on the 1864 birth certificate of his first daughter, Eliza Ann.

The Jeffries location provided an ideal “on-site” location for repair of instruments, as well as a sales outlet.

During their period at White Lion Passage, the family had expanded to seven with the addition of daughter Caroline (born 1876).

Many Jones instruments have appeared with the labels of other “makers”—for instance, the label of Joseph Wallis of Euston Road, whose Jones-made instruments sometimes have the initials “J W” cut into the fretwork.

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