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Keyed Bugle by Graves & Co., Winchester, New Hampshire, ca. 1830-1840
NMM 1339. Keyed bugle in E-flat by Graves & Co., Winchester, New Hampshire, ca. 1830-1840. Copper body with brass trim. Nine brass keys. Said to have been played in a band in the inaugural parade for President William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) on March 4, 1841--a cold, wet, blustery day. Harrison, who refused to wear a hat or a coat while he presented the longest inaugural speech on record, became ill shortly thereafer and contracted the pneumonia that led to his untimely demise on April 4, 1841. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.
Maker's Signature Engraved on Bell Rim
Literature: Gary M. Stewart, Keyed Brass Instruments in The Arne B. Larson Collection, The Shrine to Music Museum Catalog of the Collections, Vol. 1, André P. Larson, editor (Vermillion: Shrine to Music Museum, 1980), p. 32.