Technical description: Blackwood with richly decorated german silver keywork and ferrules. Five pieces: mouthpiece, barrel, upper section, lower section, bell. R1 alternative touchpiece on C♯₄/G♯₅ and L4 alternative G♯₃/E♭₅ lever and thumb alternate E₃/F₃. Also L3 F₄/C₆. Tube in thumb-hole. Ingenious adjustable keywork action. Shaped thumb rest. Patent C sharp mechanism. 16 keys, 2 rings, 4 rollers.
L0: T; speaker.
L1: T; throat A♮; throat A♭.
L3: T; E♭₄/B♭₅, F₄/C₆.
L4: C♯₄/G♯₅; E₃/B♮₄; F♯₃/C♯₅; alternative G♯₃/E♭₅.
R1: T; side F₄/C₆; side E♭₄/B♭₅; side trill key for throat A-B♮ and B♭-C; side trill key for throat G♯-A or C₆-D₆; alternative touchpiece on C♯₄/G♯₅.
R2: T + spectacle.
R3: T + spectacle; B♭₃/F♮₅.
R4: F₃/C₅; G♯₃/E♭₅.
Keymount type: pillars with pins.
Keyhead type: shallow cups.
Playing accessories: reed and ligature.
Repair History: The mouthpiece is a replacement. The barrel is a replacement.
Specific usage history: "This maker is only known from the Milan 1881 exhibition. This instrument could have been an exhibition model to judge from the keywork".
Specific usage history: Shackleton's notes give: This maker is only known from the Milan 1881 exhibition. This instrument could have been an exhibition model to judge from the keywork".
H. Fricke, Oct-Dec 2006.
499 to upper section, 633 with barrel and mouthpiece (replacements).
Vichy auction December 2005.; Bequest of Sir Nicholas Shackleton, 2006.