"Saint Petersburger Maenner-Chor" baton

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

Name: "Saint Petersburger Maenner-Chor" baton; Date: 1868; Country: Russia; Town: Saint Petersburg; Materials: wood, silvered metal; Measurements: length 38,6 cm, diameter 1,6 cm; Ownership: Jan Stanisław Witkiewicz’s collection; Inventory number: JSW 2; Description:

Black baton with an angelic (Aeolian?) harp motif; body made of dark wood with silvered metal fittings; grip finished with a flattened metal knob with an engraved harp connected with an angelic figure through strings strung from the angel’s wing, surrounded with a laurel wreath; at 2/5 of the length, a metal ring with edges carved into an ogee arch, widening in the inscription area; unfitted tip. The baton belonged to the Saint Petersburg Men’s Choir (1868); the meaning of the city name “Toledo” is unclear. The baton is one of the oldest exhibits in the Jan Stanisław Witkiewicz Collection, while also ranking among the oldest batons presented on the website

; Inscriptions:

SAINT PETERSBURGER / Maenner-Chor. / TOLEDO. O. 1868

; Catalog card:

Joanna Gul, consultation: Magdalena Szmida-Półbratek (City Museum of Wrocław)


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