Scates, Joseph

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46 Grafton Street, February 1850
1, Leinster Street, early October 1850
28 Westmoreland Street, late October 1850
28 Westmoreland Street & 11 Wellington Road, 1851
College Green, 1851
26 College Green, 1852–56
27 College Green & 8 Church Lane, June 1856
15 Westmoreland Street, 1862


Prior to 1844, Scates worked in for Wheatstone in London as a reed maker and tuner. In 1844 he started his own business which he maintained until 1849 when he sold it to George Case. In February 1850 he moved to Dublin (Flint).

He is listed in the Dublin Directories as 'Professor of the concertina' (1851), 'Professor and maker of the concertina' (1853), 'Professor of the concertina and musical repository' (1855), 'Pianoforte and harmonium warehouse' (1861 & 1865) and also as 'London pianoforte, harp & harmonium importer' (1865).

Scates exhibited at the 1853 and 1865 Dublin Exhibitions. The 1853 Exhibition Expositor noted 'some concertinas of his own manufacture that deserve more than a passing word of commendation [...] are very highly finished, and possess a full, mellow and clear tone. His improvements are a Tympanium, or leather sound covering, and double sound boards. He also introduces the silver stops or touches, and has five folds in the bellows'.

Mark: 'Joseph Scates, Manufacturer & Professor of the Concertina, 28, Westmoreland Street, Dublin', 'Joseph Scates, Manufacturer & Professor of the Concertina, 15 Westmoreland St., Dublin' and 'J. Scates Westmoreland St. Dublin Pianoforte & Harmonium Importer'.

Succeeded in business by Cramer & Co. in December 1865 (Irish Times).

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  • Concertina, c.1850. Mark: ‘Joseph Scates manufacturer, 46, Grafton Street Dublin, from New Bond Street' (Flint)
  • Concertina (no. 15435): private collection. Label: 'Joseph Scates, Manufacturer & Professor of the Concertina, 15 Westmoreland St., Dublin'
  • Amboyna wood treble concertina, c. 1853 (The Exhibition Expositor and Advertiser)
  • Rosewood brass-bound concertina 'for India', c. 1853 (The Exhibition Expositor and Advertiser)
  • Barytone Concertina, c. 1853 (The Exhibition Expositor and Advertiser)
  • 'Concertinas and wind instruments', c. 1865 (Dublin International Exhibition of 1865)
  • Published (as listed in Flint)

  • Instruction Book for the Improved German Concertina, London: J W Moffatt; and Dublin: Joseph Scates, c.1852–55
  • Giulio Regondi, New Method for the Concertina, Dublin: Joseph Scates 1857; London:
    Wessel & Co., 1857
  • No. 1 Leisure Moments, for beginners on the Concertina, with Piano Forte Accompaniment, Composed & Dedicated to Miss Linda Scates, by Giulio Regondi [...] Dublin, Joseph Scates, Concertina Manufacturer, Piano Forte, Harmonium & Music Warehouse, 27 College Green (Opposite the Bank), 1857
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