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Musical instrument known as a Serpent

Date made: 18th century

Description: This serpent is made of leather-covered wood and has three keys made of brass and an ivory mouthpiece. The Serpent was a popular instrument in the 18th century. As well as for 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. This instrument was played in the Manx Fencibles by the donor's great grandfather William Kewley (b.1771).

Measurements: overall: 71 x 40 x 12 cm

Materials: animal: ivory, animal: leather, wood

Object name: serpent

Collection: Social History Collection

ID Number: 1954-1776


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