Technical description: 2½ coils; yellow brass. Metal construction: mouthpipe, 3 intermediate segments and bell, with overlapping joints; seamed tubing; bell with main gusset and 2 secondary gussets near garland, garland width 35.
Performance characteristics: Bright trompe sound; Blows easily with modern trompe mouthpiece.
Usable pitch: Plays slightly sharp of A⁴ = 415 Hz.
Signature / Marks: Inscribed on bell garland "FAIT A PARIS EN 1721 PAR LE BRVN ORDINAIRE DV ROY" with a series of 14 crown emblems round remainder of bell garland.
Repair History: Portion of mouthpipe a replacement, 1983 by P. Barton, copied from mouthpipe on a trompe dauphine by Crétien (Christies auction catalogue 21.6.83 lot 10).
General usage of type: Hunting instrument used as `extra' in the orchestra in 1730s onwards.
P. Lewis, 1987, 20.12.96; R. Parks, 02.02.91, 11.07.92, 10.2.96.