Couturier B-Flat Cornet

Couturier B-Flat Cornet

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Description (Brief)
This cornet was made by Ernst A. Couturier in La Porte, Indiana around 1918 to 1923. It is a B-flat cornet, serial #10374, made of silver plated brass with 3 piston valves, and is made with a continuous conical bore patented by Couturier. This cornet is engraved:

CONICAL BORE [/] PAT'D. [/] E. A. Couturier Co. [/] La Porte, Ind.

This cornet features United States Patent #1,000,049, awarded to Couturier on September 23, 1913, for “Improvements in Cornets.”

Ernst Albert Couturier (1869-1950) was a well-known American cornet player of the 1880s and 1890s. Couturier began working at the Frank Holten Company in 1907. He began his own brass instrument company in 1916, with partners Melvin G. Lathrop and William N. Barlow. In 1923 the Couturier company was bought by Lyon and Healy, and stopped making instruments in 1929.
Currently not on view
date made
Couturier, Ernst A.
Couturier, Ernst A.
place made
United States: Indiana, La Porte
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
silver (overall material)
overall: 19 in x 4 1/2 in x 7 1/2 in; 48.26 cm x 11.43 cm x 19.05 cm
overall: 19 1/4 in x 4 1/2 in x 6 in; 48.895 cm x 11.43 cm x 15.24 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Robert Erickson
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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