Treble recorder, Dolonite, with double holes for low f# and g# invented by Carl Dolmetsch in 1927.
overall: 477 x 45 mm
Arnold Dolmetsch Ltd. Haslemere, made at the end of 1945. Given by Carl Dolmetsch on the occasion of the concert by the Dolmetsch family at the Horniman Museum on 13/11/1987. Stamped: DOLMETSCH DOLONITE/TREBLE RECORDER/B.S. 3499 PART 2A/MADE IN ENGLAND; with British Standards symbol.
During the early music revival of the 20th century, the recorder experienced a meteoric rise in popularity. The introduction of new synthetic materials allowed cheaper and faster production, leading directly to the recorder's widespread use for teaching music in schools. The firm founded by Arnold Dolmetsch spearheaded this revival, first by hand-making wooden reproduction instruments for professional and serious amateur use, and then by developing a musically credible model made from Dolonite©, a plastic akin to Bakelite. This is the first Dolonite© recorder made by Arnold Dolmetsch Ltd.