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Honourable East India Company -  A Eurasian Musician’s Fife Case
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Honourable East India Company - A Eurasian Musician’s Fife Case

Circa 1800

Measurements: Length: 40cm (15.75in)

£1575

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Brass. Of cylindrical form with hinged top, the body engraved with arms and motto of the Honourable East India Company. The interior compartmentalised for two fifes, most probably of different keys. The most common keys in the early 19th century were C and D, indicating a C Fife in one compartment and a D Fife in the other. The D Fife was very high-pitched, and was used for adding trills and embellishments. In 1795 Lord Cornwallis restricted the military roles of Eurasians within the Company’s armies to that of fifers, drummers and other musicians.
 
 

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