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Musical instrument known as a Serpent

Date made: late 18th century

Description: This serpent is made of leather-covered wood and has an ivory mouthpiece . It originally had three keys, but one has been removed and the hole plugged. The leather covering is in poor condition. The Serpent was a popular instrument in the 18th century. As well as religious music, it was used in military bands and also for popular music. Its popularity dwindled in the 19th century as it was replaced by the euphonium and / or tuba, which give a similar sound but which are easier to handle and play.

Measurements: overall: 88 x 43 x 11 cm

Materials: animal: ivory, animal: leather, wood

Object name: serpent

Collection: Social History Collection

ID Number: 1954-4165

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