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Keyed bugle in B-flat

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Soprano in B-flat. Sterling silver body with silver gilt keys and garland. Decorative engraving on bell, bell garland, key flaps, and mouthpiece. Ten round keys mounted on saddles; key-holes have raised sockets. Original mouthpiece, seven tuning bits, and one pigtail crook. Original mahogany...

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Engraved on bell garland: MCFARLANE'S IMPROVED MANUFACTURED BY I. KOHLER LONDON [arms of Chamberlayne impaling arms of Onslow]; engraved on bell: MORS POTIOR MACULA; stamped hallmarks: I. K. / [lion passant] / leopard's head] / u / head of William IV


185/6, probably commissioned of the maker to commemorate the appointment of Thomas Chamberlayne, Esq. of Cranbury Park to the office of High Sheriffin Hampshire. By 1986, acquired of source unidentified by Tony Bingham, London, England; 1986, sold by Bingham to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 26, 1986)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour


Object Place

London, England


Length 43.2 cm (17 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver, silver gilt


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones