Technical description: Boxwood with ivory ferrules and brass keywork. Six pieces: mouthpiece, barrel, upper section, middle section for the fingers of the right hand, lower section with keys, bell. Barrel highly waisted, with two ivory ferrules. Upper section: Straight speaker, speaker liner projects almost into the centre of bore. Middle section: wide ivory ferrule instead of thumb rest. Lower section: Levers for L4, tone-hole and key for R4 mounted in a bell-shaped swelling. Bell discontinuous with an ivory rim. All keys with leaf springs.
L0: T; speaker.
L1: T; throat A♮.
L4: E₃/B♮₄; zig-zag F♯₃/C♯₅.
R1: T; trill key for throat A-B♮.
R4: T; G♯₃/E♭₅.
Keyhead type: flat square.
Keymount type: blocks and swelling.
Upper ferrule of barrel cracked over whole length, barrel chipped nd cracked over whole length. Leaf springs fatigued or lost. Socket of middle section damaged. Deep scratches on the lower section. Crack of 47mm in the bell; upper ferrule of bell cracked over full length. Mouthpiece missing.
Considering the fact that the bell is unstamped and obviously cleaned from an older stain it may not be original, because it seems to have cracked by pushing a tenon which was to big into the socket.
Previous ownership: ex- Max Champion collection.
Current ownership: Gift of Reginald Tritton, 2001.