Accordion; Regal Melodeon; [?]; CT94.2056



About this object

Accordion; a German-made accordion in its original box, along with two instructional music books. The accordion consists of a wooden and cardboard frame with decorative metal strapping, three wooden stops and red leather bellows. Impressed into the metal strapping is: "Regal Melodeon, Made in Germany". The cardboard box is covered with wood-grain patterned paper and bears a sticker which is printed: "The Regal Melodeon, Best Quality". The first book is titled "The First Step, How to Play the Melodeon or Accordion" by Lew Stern, published in 1928 by Keith Prowse & Co, Ltd of London. The second book is titled: "Play Easy Accordeon [sic] Tutor", published by Allan & Co, Prop Ltd.


Regal Melodeon

Maker Role


Date Made


Place Made

Europe, Germany

Medium and Materials

processed material, paper;
processed material, paper, cardboard;
processed material, leather;
processed material, metal;
organic, vegetal, wood.

Inscription and Marks

Impressed on metal straps: 'REGAL / MELODEON / MADE IN / GERMANY'; printed on box label: 'The Regal / Melodeon / Best Quality / No. / Keys Stops / Trade Mark / Made in Germany'


1. Accordion: h 144mm x l 270mm x w 290mm
2. Box: h 150mm x l 275mm x w 295mm
3. Book - The First Step: l 256mm x w 188mm
4. Book - Play Easy: l 175mm x w 125mm

Subject and Association Keywords


Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey"

Object Type

musical instrument

Object number


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