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


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


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


Medium or Technique

Nickel silver, ivory


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones