Angelica or musical glasses by John Tait, London early 19th century, the case veneered in mahogany with ebony stringing and mahogany crossbanding, containing fifteen graduated glasses (one broken) comprising two diatonic octaves, their feet held in wooden clamps, the bowls projecting through a mahogany frame the pitches inscribed on the frame from the c on to c2, on four spherical feet (two now absent), inscribed on a paper label inside the lid J. Tate, Angelica Maker no. 1 Mary Street, Fitzroy Square, London, length 2ft 115/8", 91.2cm width 117/8", 30cm
*Although the glasses are inscribed as producing a scale in the key of C major they are in fact tuned to a scale in the key of F major
A tutor entitled 'A Treasure on The Angelica or Musical Glasses Without Water, Arranged in a New and Improved Manner by Daniel Menzies was published by John Tait, circa 1820, from his Fitzroy Square address
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