Boxwood, Silver & Ivory Oboe by J.C.Selboe, Denmark, c. 1865
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Information on Johan Christoffer Selboe is not abundant. He was born in 1807, died in 1873, both in Copenhagen. He apprenticed with H. Skousboe in Copenhagen, and worked as a journeyman instrument-maker in Germany and Austria. Worked under his own name in Copenhagen from 1837 to 1873. He entered his work in exhibitions in Copenhagen in 1838 and 1840, and in London in 1851. His work is considered, by collectors and musicologists, to be of the highest quality.
This is a very handsome instrument measuring 22 inches in length. It has 13 silver keys (real silver, not nickel or German silver, judging by the tarnish) and 4 ivory tenon rings. The boxwood body is not damaged or repaired in any way, save for the replacement of the thumb-rest. The turnings of the body of the instrument are classical, and there is no damage to any of the ivories. The only damage I can find to the whole instrument is a broken key. This key extends from the LH to the RH joint to be activated by the knuckle of the RH index finger. I am not a student of the oboe, but I believe this is the G#-A trill key. This key can also be activated by the left thumb, and that touch-plate is present.
I have not, as the photos show, cleaned or otherwise messed with this instrument. I would guess, judging by the tarnish on the silver keys, and the accumulated grime, that the instrument was last cleaned and used during the presidency of Calvin Coolidge.
This is an instrument that was top-quality in its day, the finest materials were used ( no splits in the boxwood or ivory, and silver keys) and made by a man who exhibited his work in the major exhibitions of the time - not only in Denmark, but in England. The oboe is in excellent original condition, and, judging by the fact that it came to me with an oboe moisture swab, probably plays well.
I am limited to 4 photos here, but I have 6-7 additional detail photos available, and will send them upon your request. Boxwood oboes do not come along often - I have been a collector of wind instruments for years, and have seen only a few from the 1800s that were in excellent condition and did not command a price approaching the GNP of a third world country.
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- Joh. C. Selboe
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- Excellent, original
- Boxwood, ivory, silver