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"Le Signal"

Varnished boxwood instrument consisting of a turned handle with a spherical bump towards the top, around which a thread is tied in a cylindrical groove, so allowing a small pencil-type stick to be flicked against another small sphere at the top.

Reproduction of an instrument, originally from France that was used in Spain from 1878 by the Christian Brothers (de La Salle Brothers) when they founded their first schools in Spain. During reading, reciting poetry, verbal presentations etc, one click was a signal to move on from one student to the next and two consecutive clicks meant that the pupil had made a mistake in the reading. If this continued, three clicks from the signal meant that the utmost attention was required. It saved the teachers from straining their voices unnecessarily.

22 x 5 x 5 cm 
Turned wood 
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