7-Keyed Bugle

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Description (Brief)
This 7-keyed bugle was sold by the firm of J. Howard Foote in New York, around 1860 to 1890. Many of the brasswind instruments sold by J. Howard Foote were made by made by John F. Stratton. This bugle was likely made in the 1860s. It is a C bugle, the B-flat lead pipe is missing, made of copper with brass keys, fittings, and bell garland.

J. Howard Foote was a prominent seller and importer of musical instruments with shops in New York and Chicago from 1863 to 1894. In a letter dated 1882 to the Smithsonian, Foote wrote “most of my goods, though not of my manufacture, are made to order by different makers from drawings, descriptions and in some cases models furnished by me.”
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United States
Physical Description
copper (overall material)
brass (overall material)
overall: 17 in x 5 3/4 in x 8 in; 43.18 cm x 14.605 cm x 20.32 cm
overall: 16 7/8 in x 7 7/16 in x 5 3/4 in; 42.8625 cm x 18.89125 cm x 14.605 cm
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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