Tenor euphonium in E flat. Long model. Brass body, silver plated. Four rotary valves arranged in-line for normal English hold. Curved stays. Eyelet grips on three valve loop tuning slides and thumb ring on bell. Additional finger ring has come loose. Socket for music card holder on fourth valve loop. Mouthpiece, with shank stamped 'DISTIN.LONDON', held securely within receiver. Valve casings, slides and bell rim covered with delicate floral engravings.

Bell inscription, which is stamped within floral decorations and incorporates a crest/shield and a ram's head: N0. 2684/HENRY DISTIN/MAKER/9. GRt. NEWPORT St./CRANBOURN St./LEICSTER SQUARE/LONDON/CLs.1/Treu und fest./Mark Anthony; Shank of mouthpiece stamped: *DISTIN.LONDON*; The numbers 5,6,7,8, are stamped on the casings of valves one to four respectively.

This model is possibly what the Distin company refers to as a 'tenor euphonion' in their earliest surviving records.

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