Technical description: Brass with german silver garland, bow guards, outer tuning-slides and some ferrules. Oval wrap. Water-key on main tuning-slide with long connecting rod to enable it to be actuated by a button near the mouthpipe.
Valve type: 4 rotary valves, `Waltzenventile' mechanism with screw spring tension adjusters.
Usable pitch: as modified, plays c 40 cents below 440 Hz.
Decoration: Elaborate engraving with petal motif on keywork, touchpieces and valve top caps; milled pattern on bell garland.
Signature/Marks: Inscribed on bell "V.F. Červený/ & Sons, / Königgrätz - Bohemia, / Europe. / Sole Agent for United States: / Louis Viták, Canton Ohio.". Small stamp which may be a lyre as maker or dealer mark on bell garland at front.
Repair History: The bit provided to lower pitch; spacers inserted in some of the valve tuning-slide legs to limit travel.
General usage of type: The `Kaiser' models were introduced in 1882 (Waterhouse 1993).
R. Parks, 15.1.94.
785; bell 232.
ex- Henry Meredith collection.; on loan to the Collection.