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This wooden fife was used by a soldier of the Royal Manx Fencibles, named Quirk, from Patrick in the west of the Isle of Man. It has been repaired at least twice. The fife was the mainstay of military music of the 18th century. It was small, portable and together with the drum, well suited for marching music. Tunes like 'Brighton Camp' and 'Lily Bolero' , both ideal for the fife, would have been staples of the Royal Manx Fencibles. It is recorded that, ""March 17th [1812] — Being the anniversary of St. Patrick, the Irish gentlemen in Douglas had several dinner parties. The dawn was ushered in by the regimental fifes and drums, who beat 'St Patrick's Day in the morning' through the town, and the evening closed with the same by the old band of the Manx Fencibles."

  • Measurements:36.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm