English F Slide Trumpet

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Description (Brief)
This trumpet was made by an unknown maker in England around 1825 to 1827. It is an F slide trumpet made of copper and brass with silver garnishes and a heavily chased silver ball. The trumpet features a double clock slide spring mechanism.

This trumpet was previously owned by Philadelphia composer and musician John T. Norton, a Professor of Trumpet at the Royal Academy of Music, who emigrated from London to the United States in 1827. W.G. Armstrong in his book, “A Record of Opera in Philadelphia,” indicates Norton’s first appearance in Philadelphia was at the King’s Theatre. Norton also performed with traveling opera troupes in New Orleans and New York.
Currently not on view
date made
place made
United Kingdom: England
Physical Description
copper (overall material)
brass (overall material)
silver (overall material)
overall: 24 in x 4 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in; 60.96 cm x 12.065 cm x 13.97 cm
trumpet: 4 5/8 in x 5 3/4 in x 23 7/8 in; 11.7475 cm x 14.605 cm x 60.6425 cm
accessories in box: 2 1/16 in x 6 5/16 in x 6 3/8 in; 5.23875 cm x 16.03375 cm x 16.1925 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Weston D. Bayley
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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