Meredith B-Flat Cornet

Meredith B-Flat Cornet

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Description (Brief)
This cornet was made by Z. Albert Meredith in Marion, Ohio around 1912 to 1915. It is a B-flat cornet, Open Tone model serial #3319, made of silver plated brass with 3 patented piston valves of a modified Périnet design having two valve loops for each valve. The extra valve loops are to compensate for supposed difference in resistance between open notes and the valve notes, rather than pitch compensation. This cornet is engraved:

THE [/] Meredith [/] OPEN TONE [/] Cornet [/] Marion, O. [//] PAT. D [/] 1909 [/] 1912 [/] 3319

This cornet features two patents issued to Meredith:

United States Patent #939285, November 9, 1909, for a cornet.
United States Patent #1040372, October 8, 1912, for a cornet.
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Meredith, Z. Albert
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
silver (overall material)
overall: 15 in x 5 in x 7 1/2 in; 38.1 cm x 12.7 cm x 19.05 cm
overall: 14 3/4 in x 8 11/16 in x 4 7/8 in; 37.465 cm x 22.06625 cm x 12.3825 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Robert Erickson
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


An article about Z. Albert Meredith and the Meredith cornet. Noted is that the cornet was in production as early as 1902. (Marion Star, April 23, 1902)

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