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Serpent Fourveille 1830's - played with a trombone mouthpiece

Estimated price for orientation: 6 000 $

Category: Brass

Condition: Used: An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab ... Read moreabout the condition Brand: Fourveille
Bell Material: wood Type: Tenor horn
Model: Bb Finish: Wood and raw brass
Country/Region of Manufacture: France

The Serpent Fourvielle is made with three parts  1. Swan type Bocal, made of brass, 2. Z formed middle out of brass, 3. J style with a wood bell.  The instrument has 6 tone holes like a serpent and 3 lever type keys.  The wood bell has a brass metal ring at the top, the wood is black or dark brown, the inside of the bell is red.  The bell has a very nice attached Lyre with a rooster at the top.  At the bass of the wood bell is a brass attachment with to small feet to protect the wood. Bell measures 6 1/2 inches and the entire instrument measures 38. The wind path measures about 108 inches. I do not find a makers mark, Forveille invented this instrument in the early 1920's, it was shown at the Paris Exhibition in 1823, 1824 to 35 he operated at  rue de la Cerisaie 16 in Paris, and 1836 to 1839 at rue Sully 15.This also called an upright serpent, it was advertised in the 1830's as having a stronger and clearer sound that the traditional serpent.   The Serpent Flourvielle is considered a transational instrument between and serpent and the ophicleide.From the collection of The Brass Players Museum - Springfield MAIf you would like to see the other instruments I have the sale on Ebay  search for Seller   "tbn"