This rosewood instrument has German silver keys, crook, bell ring and ferrules and the reed is also lined with German silver. It is stamped on the upper section with “GOLD MEDAL / PARIS 1878” / coat of arms / “MAHILLON / LONDON / & / BRUSSELS”. The lower section is stamped with a five-pointed star / “MAHILLON / LONDON” / star. There is no mark on the bell. There is a fitted case covered in artificial leather and a reed holder. The crook with an elbow bend
The instrument was probably originally tuned to ‘Old Philharmonic Pitch’, a standard set by the second half of the 19th century and which was very high (A’ = 453 Hz). The crook is very long and may be a later addition to lower the pitch – it now plays at A4 (A’) = 440 Hz.
Technical description: Rosewood with german silver keys, crook, bell ring and two ferrules at the joints. The reed well is lined with german silver Simple octave keys. The low|C key lowers the R2 and R3 rings and closes the brille. L0: 8.1. L1: PP; 8.2. L2: T. L3: TT. L4: G♯; low|B; E♭-alt. R0: sup. R1: T; B♭; C. R2: R. R3: R; F. R4: low C; C♯; E♭. Keymount type: pillars. Keyhead type: cup.
Purchased by H.I.|Brackenbury, April 1927, in leather case for £3/10/0.; Government allocation to the University, 1991.