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Mouth organ (symphonium)

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Rectangular body of nickel silver standing on four out-turned legs. Front and back engraved with foliate decoration. Oval embouchure hole lined with ivory bushing. Eleven ivory-tipped buttons (six on proper right side and five on proper left) open valves for free reeds when depressed. Compass of...

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Inscription

Engraved on front of body: BY HIS MAJESTY'S LETTERS PATENT. / C. WHEATSTONE. / INVENTOR, 20 Conduit St. Regent St. / LONDON

Provenance

1996, sold by Tony Bingham, London, England, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 26, 1996)

Credit Line

Foster Charitable Fund and Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

about 1830

Object Place

London, England

Dimensions

Height 5.4 cm, width 5.5 cm, depth 2.3 cm (Height 2 1/8 in., width 2 3/16 in., depth 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

1996.115

Medium or Technique

Nickel silver, ivory

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Aerophones