NMM 6982. Cornet in E-flat, U.S.A., ca. 1870
Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Collection, 1999
Cornets like this typical, unsigned, late 19th-century example were made by Boston manufacturers such as D. C. Hall and the Boston Musical Instrument Company, as well as by New York makers such as the Martin Brothers and Moses Slater. It is entirely possible that one of these makers produced this anonymous example.
Body: German-silver-plated brass with single-looped parallel tubing: leadpipe with telescopic tuning slide; valve segment; conical first bow; conical bell bow and bellpipe in one integral part to the right of leadpipe; plain garland with no engraving; Saxon rim.
Valves: Three side-action, string-operated rotary valves. Spiral-spring return mechanism; reciprocal driver pivot stopped by V-shaped cork buffers. The first and third valve slides have inner slides, the second valve has no slide. Windway: first, second, third valve.
Sounding length: 955 mm; internal diameter, leadpipe: 10.8 mm; bore diameter (inner valve slides) 10.5 mm; bell diameter: 117 mm.
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