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This instrument is an original 1812 Captain Ridge's bugle, as per a Horse Guards Circular dated 3rd April 1812, which recommended the use of a smaller pattern bugle. This particular example is believed to be one of the few that were used in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. It is a double-coiled bugle made of a single tube of copper, with a brass mouthpiece receiver ferrule. It has a nickel-silver mouthpiece.

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  • Inscriptions:Engraved on bell: CAPTN. RIDGE. INVENTOR (on belt garter) / SNOW / SOLE MAKER / 12 / BROOK STR.T / LAMBETH / LONDON (all inside belt and buckle garter) / 587
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:423.121.22 End-blown labrosones with curved or folded tubes, with mouthpiece
  • Repository:Museum of Army Music
  • Measurements:Length: 240mm; Height: 165mm; Bell diameter: 70mm; Sounding length: 1120mm