Technical description: Boxwood with ivory ferrules and brass keys. Five pieces: mouthpiece, barrel, upper section, lower section, bell. Mouthpiece of dark wood with long tenon and short table; grooved for cord; unstamped but contemporary. Barrel high-waisted.
Upper section: Speaker liner extends c 4mm into bore. All blocks strengthened with brass pins.
Lower section: Levers for L4, tone-hole and key for R4 mounted in a bell-shaped swelling. Wide parabolic ferrule, no thumb rest. Bell discontinuous.
L0: T; speaker.
L1: T; throat A♮.
L4: E₃/B♮₄; zig-zag F♯₃/C♯₅.
R1:T; trill key for throat A-B♮.
R4: T; G♯₃/E♭₅.
Keymount type: blocks; swelling.
Keyhead type: flat square.
With elegant boxwood reed-cap.
Tiny chip from top tenon of upper section.
Repair History: Top ferrule of barrel has been replaced by another one of wrong type (from the lower section of a three-section clarinet) and c 3mm too wide, so that the mouthpiece cannot be pushed fully home. Mouthpiece tenon tight leaving little room for adequate lapping.
Usable pitch: A₄ = c 440 Hz.
r. neil, 1986; t.k. dibley, 1992; h. fricke, july 2005.
595; 539 to top of barrel; bell rim overall 73.5.
Purchased by H.I.|Brackenbury from Howarth, London, for £0/15/0.; Government allocation to the University, 1991.