Made in the 1930s this was made by Ranco Antonio, a renowned maker of the time.
On top of that we know quite a bit of its early history. Its original owner was one Jack Greaves, from just down the road to us in Wetherby. His family owned the paper shop and in 1937 when Jack was 17 he entered the All England Accordion Championships. He went to London and performed at the Westminster Hall in the finals. As a result he was crowned All England Champion, performing on this very instrument.
It features 4 voice double octave, with individual stops in the edge of the keyboard. On top of that it is one of the very first examples of chin registers.
The left hand is a 140 bass, 7 rows, the extra row sounding the minor 3rd above the fundamental.
Decorated with diamonte, some unfortunately missing over time.
This accordion has been fully restored, new bellows and it plays very well indeed for an instrument of its age.