Accession number: 654; 78.52
Date: 1849 – 1919
Materials: WROUGHT IRON; PAPER
Measurements: 13 cm L x 1.6 cm W
Marks/Label: GLUED TO BOARD: "THIS FORK WHICH IS TUNED TO THE KEY / OF "F" WAS THE PROPERTY OF THE / LATE CHARLES BARRY 1849-1919 / OF MAITLAND AND WAS USED BY HIM / DURING THE 40 YEARS AS SINGING / MASTER IN MANY COMMUNITIES / IN LUNENBURG COUNTY."
Subject: LUNENBURG COUNTY, MAITLAND, PEOPLE, CHARLES BARRY, ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC
Narrative: A tuning fork is an acoustic resonator in the form of a two-pronged fork with the prongs (tines) formed from a U-shaped bar of elastic metal (usually steel). It resonates at a specific constant pitch when set vibrating by striking it against a surface or with an object, and emits a pure musical tone after waiting a moment to allow some high overtones to die out. The pitch that a particular tuning fork generates depends on the length and mass of the two prongs. It is frequently used as a standard of pitch to tune musical instruments. The tuning fork was invented in 1711 by British musician John Shore, Sergeant Trumpeter and Lutenist to the court.
Charles Barry was born 16 February 1849 in Maitland, Lunenburg County, N.S., the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth Barry. Charles Barry worked as a farmer all his life. Barry married Alice Silver on 14 January 1875 by license at the Church of England in West LaHave, N.S. They had 5 sons and 2 daughters. Barry spent 40 years as a singing master in communities of Lunenburg County. Charles Barry died 1 November 1919 and is buried in Maitland, N. S.
Description: SMALL TUNING FORK USED BY CHARLES BARRY OF MAITLAND. TUNED TO KEY OF "F". STEM IS OCTAGONAL FLARED, THEN POINTED. BOARD TO WHICH IT IS GLUED GIVES ITS HISTORY.
History of Use: C. BARRY (1849 -1919) OF MAITLAND USED THIS TUNING FORK DURING HIS 40 YEARS AS A SINGING MASTER IN COMMUNITIES OF LUNENBURG COUNTY.