Rare Hohner Ironclad button accordion made in Germany in the early 1900’s. It is in very nice condition. There is some wear but it looks beautiful on this instrument. It has wood construction but many of the wood case parts are covered with hand-hammered tin plated copper sheet metal. The tin has worn off in high use areas like near the thumb strap but it leaves a gorgeous patina. The original bellows are tight. There is very little wear to the bellows tape. It has 21 treble buttons and 12 bass buttons. The low buttons on each row of the treble side are low notes(not accidentals). The zinc reed plates have the ‘H’ marking on the treble and chords and on the basses. It has brass reeds.
The pads have been replaced with felt cushioned leather so the button action is quiet and pallets seal well. The bellows gaskets were replaced. This has shoulder strap brackets installed (not shown in photos).
As the photos shows, the metal grill is intact and is a very unique heavy relief 3D Hohner stamping. It has a new grill screen. The metal covered wooden keyboard is intact with normal little wear. The original thumb loop and bellows straps are in place and working. I have just tuned all reeds. On the treble side the tremolo beat frequency is around 1 Hz for the lowest notes gradually rising to 5 Hz on the upper notes. On the base side I flatted the third a bit for a sweeter sound on the major chords. I have retained the historic A=435 Hz tuning. The original leather one way valves were all removed and replaced with modern plastic one way valves for long trouble free life. All reedplates were removed, cleaned, one-way valves replaced and remounted & rewaxed onto the reedblocks. I elected to leave the original leather seals on the large bass reeds instead of waxing as they are functioning fine. Final tuning occurs in situ with the reedblocks inside the case.