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This serpent is made of leather-covered wood and has three keys made of brass. The serpent was a popular instrument in the 18th century. As well as religious music, it was used in military bands and also for popular music. Its popularity dwindled in the 19th century as it was replaced by the euphonium and/or tuba, which give a similar sound but which are easier to handle and play. This serpent was played at Andreas church in the north of the Isle of Man, around 1780. It was used by the grandfather of Mrs Gelling.

  • Measurements:86 x 43 x 10 cm