Oboe, violetwood, medium born appearance (bell darker), silver plated keys, metal lined joints. Full Conservatoire model. Automatic octaves. To low B flat. Sounding length (length overall) is 58.7 cm. Bell section cracked at socket. Stamped: F. Lorée Paris (Star mark). Numbered M69 on all joints.
The thumb-plate system, which gives the left-hand thumb main control of the action, was invented by Triébert in 1849. It is still favoured today by the majority of oboe players in Britain.