Technical description: Orchestral horn of French pattern with two detachable Périnet valves (uninscribed, but original in style), and a second set of three detachable Périnet valves by Higham, of slightly narrower bore. The style of the instrument is typically late 19th century. Windway (with 3-valve set) runs: crook receiver - m.t.s. - 1 - 2 - 3 - bell. Valve units only incorporate one section of the main tubing so that when valves are inserted, although they are secured by a ligature, they rock because they are not braced to opposite branch tube. When assembled as a hand horn, a single piece of tube takes the place of the valve section. Metal construction: yellow brass, angle between axis of mouthpipe / crook receiver and axis of bell 126°; single-seamed bell, wired bell rim, no garland; remainder of tubing seamed. Body length of extension: 123.With 5 crooks apparently from a French set with short mouthpiece ferrules (1874a) - (1874e) and a set with longer mouthpiece ferrules, possibly English (1874f) - (1874h); also a small coupler (1874i) which gives E♮ with the F crooks. Valve type: Long-stem Périnet valves. Short type tuning-slide for use with A and longer crooks. Repair History: French F crook is extensively patched; there are 3 large patches in silver and one smaller one in brass. These seem well executed. Overhauled by Lawback Bros in 1952.
P. Lewis, 1987; R. Parks, 16.03.91, 17.2.96.
Corpus diameter 325; bell diameter 281.
ex- Michael Whewell collection.; on loan to the Collection.