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Lyra glockenspiel

This instrument is associated with the Royal Marines Band of the Chatham Division. It is a portable glockenspiel (i.e. metallophone - percussion instrument with tuned metal bars) frame in the shape of a lyre, therefore known as "lyra glockenspiel" or "bell lyra," which is used in military or other marching bands. The frame is supported on a shaft and is carried, and played vertically while marching. The frame is made of nickel-silver. The shaft and set of bars are missing.

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  • Decorative elements:Brass eagle-head arm finials with a tri-colour tassel on their beaks (one tassel missing).
  • Inscriptions:Stamped on base: RM Band
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:111.222 Sets of percussion plaques
  • Repository:National Museum of the Royal Navy
  • Measurements:Height: 750mm; Width: 470mm