I wwas hoping to get some information regarding this little thing. I can’t find any photos of another instrument like this. Perhaps it’s not actually a melodica, but I’m not sure what else to call it. Anyone ever come across this?
What a beauty! I just did a little bit a research, which seems to indicate that it was made by the A.S. Koch company, manufacturer of accordions, with some connections to Montgomery Ward and Hohner. If I had this instrument, I’d try to find some 1910-1920 Mongomery Ward catalogs on line on the chance that I’d find this or another Concertone in the musical instruments section. But I’m known to spend countless fruitless hours trying to track down historical novelties.
Do a Google image search for: gumshoearcana.blogspot.com/2011/07/kochs-pre concertone. You’ll see the same flower design in the first image (or one of the first). Check out that link.