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From the Collection of Australian Jazz Museum Koomba Park 15 Mountain Highway Wantirna Victoria

Metal Silver B flat soprano saxophone made by V. Kohlert and Sons, Graslitz, Czechoslovakia. Circa 1920s. Mother of pearl keys, slight denting. Additional mouth piece.
L 680 mm W 85 mm at bell
Object Registration
dr phil law, dr phillip law, soprano saxophone, kohlert and sons, kohlert sons, antarctic explorer, b flat soprano saxophone, silver instrument, reed instrument
Historical information
Restored by Tony Newstead.

Played by Dr Phil Law during the 1930s, "for dances and other functions, while teaching at Clunes, Talbot, Creswick, Learmonth, Newtown, Smeaton, and while teaching at Elwood (at Eltham, Gisborne and Sunbury." including on many of his expeditions to the Antarctic. Phil Law was a dedicated jazz reed player and band leader in his early years as a country school teacher. His brothers also played.

Gift of Dr Phil Law - 1999.

Dr Law died in Melbourne on 28 February 2010 at the age of 97.
When Made
Circa 1920s
Made By
V. Kohlert and Sons (Instrument maker)
Owned and played by Dr Phillip Garth (Phil) Law AC, CBE, for dances and other functions, while teaching during the 1930s, and on many of his 28 expeditions to the Antarctic.
Inscriptions & Markings
On bell of saxophone "Kohlert Sons / Graslitz / Czechoslovakia" framed by flower and leaf motif
Last updated
3 Mar 2017 at 10:10AM