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The two trumpets by Johann Leonhard Ehe II (NMM 7249 and 7250) show very similar garland engravings in the form of scrolls, leaves, and a flower surmounted by four prongs.
Natural trumpets from Nürnberg can be disassembled into five parts by a skilled restorer: two straight tube segments, two bows, and the bell. The ferrules covering the joints of these parts can be taken off as well; however, when doing so, one has to be careful to not mix them up. Regretably, this happened to these three natural trumpets when they were disassembled for repair many years ago. Fortunately, it is possible to conjecture which set of ferrules originally belonged to which trumpet and which of the ferrules came from other sources, by comparison with other instruments by the same makers.
This ferrule style, with tendrils and flowers in high relief, is typical of instruments by Johann Leonhard Ehe II. One ferrule each and the ball sleeves of NMM 7249 and NMM 7250 feature this design. All the ferrules on Cornelius Steinmetz’s trumpet NMM 7251 feature this pattern as well, and they may originally all have come from the two Ehe trumpets, NMM 7249 and 7250.
This ferrule style, with simple engraved lines, is typical for Cornelius Steinmetz. Three ferrules on NMM 7249 and two ferrules on NMM 7250 feature this design, but it is likely that most of them came from NMM 7251, the trumpet by Cornelius Steinmetz.
This ferrule style, with fine symmetrical ornaments, is found on trumpets by the Nürnberg masters Johann Wilhelm Haas, Johann Leonhard Ehe I, and Hieronymus Starck, but it is atypical for instruments made by either Johann Leonhard II or Cornelius Steinmetz. The receiver ferrules of NMM 7250 and the ball sleeves of NMM 7251 feature this pattern; they may have come from trumpets by one of the above-mentioned masters.
All three trumpets have a two-part, hammered, sheet-brass ball with engraved lines (NMM 7249 left, NMM 7250 center, NMM 7251 right). Those by Johann Leonhard Ehe II are elliptical, while Steinmetz’s ball is more oval.
Each trumpet has a replica baroque trumpet mouthpiece made by Rainer Egger, Basel, Switzerland.
NMM 7249: Tube length: 2228 mm; internal diameter at receiver: 11.8 mm; internal diameter receiver minimum (at ca. 35 mm): 9.9 mm; external diameter, straight tubing: 11.5-11.9 mm; external diameter bows: 11.9 mm; bell diameter: 110 mm.
NMM 7250: Tube length: 2236 mm; internal diameter at receiver: 11.9 mm; internal diameter minimum (at ca. 48 mm): 10.5 mm; external diameter, straight tubing: 11.7 mm; external diameter bows: 12.1-12.3 mm; bell diameter: 111 mm.
NMM 7251: Tube length: 2242 mm; internal diameter at receiver: 11.6 mm; internal diameter receiver minimum (at ca. 53 mm): 10 mm; external diameter, straight tubing: 11.5; external diameter bows: 11.8 mm; bell diameter: 109 mm.
Robert Barclay, The Art of the Trumpet-Maker (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992), pp. 110, 151, and 157.
André P. Larson, "One of the Great Collections . . . Joe & Joella Utley Donate More than 500 Rare Brass Instruments," America's Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter 26, No. 4 (November 1999), p. 2.
Edward H. Tarr, La Tromba in Europa dal '500 al `'00. Gli strumenti del Museo della Tromba di Bad Saeckingen (Montava: Tipografia Commerciale Cooperativa, 1991), pp. 20-21.