Boston Musical Instrument Manufactury Presentation Cornet

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Description (Brief)
This cornet was made by Boston Musical Instrument Manufactory in Boston, Massachusetts in 1877. It is a presentation cornet made of silver with 3 top action rotary valves. The cornet is engraved:

Presented to [/] Joseph W. Bradley [/] by the members of the [/] BLACKSTONE [/] Cornet Band [/] May 3rd, 1877 [/] Made by the BOSTON [/] Musical Instrument [/] Manufy.

The development of valves in the 1830s, as well as improvements in the construction of brass musical instruments, allowed for brass instruments to produce every pitch within their range and made it possible for players to easily switch parts or instruments. Brass bands were popular in the United States in the mid-19th Century through the early 20th Century. Most communities, large or small, had a brass band that was funded by local businesses or residents. During their heyday, brass bands were an expression of community pride and achievement. This cornet was used by a member of The Blackstone Band in Blackstone, Massachusetts.
Location
Currently not on view
maker
Boston Musical Instrument Manufactory
Boston Musical Instrument Manufactory
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 13 in x 4 in x 6 3/4 in; 33.02 cm x 10.16 cm x 17.145 cm
overall: 13 in x 6 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in; 33.02 cm x 16.51 cm x 11.43 cm
ID Number
1984.0700.01
accession number
1984.0700
catalog number
1984.0700.01
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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