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Ophicleide in C. Brass body, bell garland and keys. Eleven pillar mounted keys (one missing) with leather pads. Tone holes are conical and raised up to 18 mm above the body. The E flat key (right thumb) covers two holes 85 mm apart. Socket for music card holder on bell. Circular, once-coiled crook. White metal maker's plaque on bell (possibly silver) is stamped: H.DISTIN/31/Cranbourn St./Leicester Sq./LONDON/394

  • Date:
    circa 1850
  • Maker:
    Distin, Henry John
  • Collection:
    Horniman Museum and Gardens
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  • Place of production:
    London (Timezone: Europe/London)
  • Hornbostel-Sachs classification:423.213-7
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  • Materials:solder, cork, silver, leather, copper alloy
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  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:423.213-7
  • Repository:Horniman Museum and Gardens
  • Measurements:overall: 975 mm