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This serpent is made of leather-covered wood and has three keys made of brass and an ivory mouthpiece. 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 instrument was played in the Manx Fencibles by the donor's great-grandfather William Kewley (b.1771).

  • Measurements:overall: 71 x 40 x 12 cm