J.W. York & Sons B-FlatA Cornet

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Description (Brief)
This cornet was made by J. W. York & Sons in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1904. It is a “long model” B-flat/A cornet, Professional model serial #9105, made of silver plated brass with 3 piston valves and has a quick change slide on the bell side. This cornet is engraved:

PROFESSIONAL [/] Made by [/] J. W. York & Sons [/] Grand Rapids [/] Mich.

The York “Professional” model cornet was put into production around 1903.

James Warren York (1839-1927) began his career as a cornet player in Grand Rapids, Michigan and started repairing and making instruments in 1884. In 1887, his company was renamed York & Son, to commemorate the birth of his first son Charles E. York. Eleven years later, the company was changed to York & Sons, with the birth of York’s second son, Frank W. York. The company went through other name changes before the last name change as York Band Instrument Company. In 1917, James Warren York retired from the business and by 1926, the York family relinquished all control of the company and was subsequently purchased by Carl Fischer.
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date made
J. W. York & Sons
place made
United States: Michigan, Grand Rapids
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
silver (overall material)
overall: 13 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in x 7 in; 34.29 cm x 11.43 cm x 17.78 cm
cornet: 13 1/2 in x 7 3/8 in x 5 in; 34.29 cm x 18.7325 cm x 12.7 cm
mouthpiece: 2 1/4 in x 1 in; 5.715 cm x 2.54 cm
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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