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Natural Trumpet by Christian Wittmann,
Imperial City of Nürnberg, 1795

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NMM 10436.  Natural trumpet by Christian Wittmann, Imperial City of Nuremberg, 1795 NMM 10436.  Natural trumpet by Christian Wittmann, Imperial City of Nuremberg, 1795 NMM 10436.  Natural trumpet by Christian Wittmann, Imperial City of Nuremberg, 1795

NMM 10436. Natural trumpet by Christian Wittmann, Imperial City of Nürnberg, ca. 1795. Wittmann apprenticed with Martin Friedrich Ehe (d. 1779), adopted his master's mark, and was Ehe's apparent successor. Unfortunately, Wittmann's career (fl. 1781-1801) coincided with the end of the great Nürnberg trumpet-making tradition. His business suffered due to Wittmann's unwillingess to adapt to the new, emerging technologies in trumpet making—the development of natural trumpets with internal crooks (Inventions-Trompeten), the keyed trumpet, and the valved trumpet. By the beginning of the nineteenth century, Wittmann was poverty stricken. He was forced to pawn his workshop tools in 1801 and lost his wife to starvation six years later. Board of Trustees, 2003.



Master's Mark on Bell Garland

Maker's mark on bell garland

Wittmann adopted, as his master's mark, the six-pointed star previously used by three generations of the Ehe family: Johann Leonard Ehe I (d. 1707), Friedrich Ehe (d. 1743), and Martin Friedrich Ehe (d. 1779).



Measurements

Sounding length:  1295 mm; body length: 755 mm; bell diameter:  108 mm.



Literature

André P. Larson, "Celebrating 30 Great Years . . . Sioux Falls Exhibition Crowns Another Notable Year," National Music Museum Newsletter 30, No. 4 (November 2003), p. 3.

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