Keith Prowse and Co.
Musical instruments, devices and recordings
circa 1830 - circa 1870
Rosewood and mother-of-pearl.
123 mm (Width) x 145 mm (Depth); 364 mm (Length)
Place of origin
CheapsideOrder this image
Snowshill Manor and Garden, Gloucestershire (Accredited Museum)
Flutinas are early precursors of the accordion and the name is specific to the English version. The earliest versions were made in France and the first recorded factory was Napoleon Fourneux in Paris. English dealers would alter the French instruments and then stamp their own company name inside.
Flutina, an early form of Accordion, anon. probably French mid 19th century. Marked 'Keith Prowse, 48 Cheapside, London' on top and base. Probably rosewood inlaid with boxwood. Mother-of-pearl key coverings. Some keys and dampers missing. Textile bellows decorated with coloured patterns, edged with leather. Air control key in base. In notebook no.4, page 11 (1340945.4) Charles Wade refers to: 'Music Room 123. Accordian, by Keith Prowse Rosewood inlaid, carved pearl keys, c.1840, with Mahogany Box.'
Given to the National Trust with Snowshill Manor in 1951 by Charles Paget Wade.
Marks and inscriptions
Top and base: Keith Prowse, 48 Cheapside, London
Makers and roles
Keith Prowse and Co., dealer
Wade, 1944: Charles Paget Wade, Contents of Snowshill Manor. Volume 4 First and Second Floor, 1944, page 10