Oboe, nominal pitch: C
MakerThomas Stanesby Senior
Place MadeLondon; Europe; United Kingdom; England
Date MadeCirca 1730
DescriptionThis instrument is made from attractively tortoiseshell-stained boxwood. It has silver keys and an onion-shaped balaster (short decorative pillar) at the top. Despite there being no third key, the C key has a fish-tail touchpiece as an ornamental feature. There are two vent holes in the bell which has an inward flange at its base. It is stamped on all three sections “T / STANESBY” / sunburst motif. Despite a lengthy (90mm) crack in the bell, a chip from the upper raided ring supporting the keys and the springing and hinging of both keys needing repair, the instrument sounds well with a soft, dark tone quality and excellent intonation and response over the whole range. Technical description: Tortoiseshell stained boxwood with silver keys. There is an onion shaped baluster at the top of the instrument. Despite there being no third key, the C key has a fish-tail touchpiece. There are two vent-holes in the bell. There is an inward flange at the base of the bell. 2 keys Keyhead type: flat round. Keymount type: raised rings; SATK. There is a crack in the bell running about 90mm from the base of the bell. There is a chip from the upper raising ring supporting the keys. The springing and hinging of both keys is in need of repair. Usable pitch: A₄ = 410 Hz. Performance characteristics: Soft, dark tone quality with excellent intonation and response over the whole range. Specific literature references: Blaikley et al. 1900, item C155A; Galpin and Hill 1909 p.194; Galpin Society Journal XVII 1965 p.122; Simon 1985 item 226. Illustration references: Simon 1985 p.244; Double Reed News No. 42, Spring 1998, p.21; workshop drawing by Tetsu Ito published by the Collection, 1998. Current ownership: Lent by J.W. Phillips.
NotesS. Milton, 1993.
Provenanceon loan to the Collection.
CollectionMIMEd; Shaw-Hellier Collection