412.132 Sets of free reeds

Harmoni-cor or hautbois nouveau. Direct blown free reed instrument. Walnut body with brass metal work plated with white metal and finger buttons of horn and ivory. Swan necked crook attaches via a wooden crook receiver to a palette plate that is positioned towards the top of the trumpet-style valve assemblies. The twenty-one valves are arranged in two rows as a piano keyboard and are connected at the bottom to the main body, which terminates with a slightly flared bell. Inscription stamped both on the bell and on the metalwork: RIVIERE & HAWKES/28 LEICESTER SQr,/LONDON

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