This device at Smith’s Tavern is a choir master’s pitch pipe. It is made entirely of wood, with a long mouthpiece at one end followed by a long rectangular body with an opening less than halfway down and ending in a short shaped stick.
A pitch pipe is a device used to provide a pitch reference for musicians without absolute pitch. Although it may be described as a musical instrument, it is not typically used to play music as such. Technically, it is a harmonica; however, it lacks many characteristics of harmonicas. The earliest pitch pipes were instruments rather like a recorder, but rather than finger holes, they had a plunger like a slide whistle (don’t think T63 has a plunger). The pipe was generally made of wood with a square bore and the plunger was leather-coated.
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