Graves & Co. 9-Keyed Bugle

Graves & Co. 9-Keyed Bugle

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Description (Brief)
This 9-keyed bugle was made by Graves and Co. in Winchester, New Hampshire around 1835-1850. It is an E-flat bugle made of copper with brass keys, all missing. The bugle is marked: “Graves & Co. [/] Winchester, N.H.”

The accession paperwork indicates that this bugle was used by David Johnson, leader of the Old Minaville Band, in Minaville, New York.

Samuel Graves (1794-1878) began making instruments in West Fairlee, Vermont from 1824 to 1830. He moved to his shop to Winchester, New Hampshire in 1830 and was joined by his partners, Cyrus Graves (Samuel‘s brother), Charles Alexander, and Henry P. Anderson. The company was owned by Samuel Graves and Charles Alexander, and known as “Graves & Alexander” and later as “Graves & Co.” Brass instrument maker Samuel W. Richardson, from Rochester, New York was a partner in the company from 1832 to 1839.

The company made mostly woodwind instruments, and after London instrument maker James Keat went to work for the firm around 1837, Graves & Co. began producing brass instruments. After 1845, the company exclusively made brass instruments. Graves and Company would continue with various owners and name changes in Boston from 1850 to 1869, after which it merged with E. G. Wright & Co., Henry Esbach, and Louis F. Hartman to form the Boston Musical Instrument Manufactory.
Currently not on view
date made
Graves & Co.
place made
United States: New Hampshire, Winchester
Physical Description
copper (overall material)
brass (overall material)
overall: 13 3/4 in x 4 1/4 in x 6 1/2 in; 34.925 cm x 10.795 cm x 16.51 cm
overall: 13 3/8 in x 6 in x 4 1/4 in; 33.9725 cm x 15.24 cm x 10.795 cm
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accession number
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Credit Line
Gift of Percy M. Van Epps
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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