Cortois Slide Trumpet

Cortois Slide Trumpet

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Description (Brief)
This trumpet was made by Antoine Courtois in Paris around 1844-1856. It is an F slide trumpet made of silver plated brass with a double clock spring and four crooks, tuning bit and four mouthpieces and accessioned with a period wooden case. This trumpet was sold through Jullien & Co. in London. The bell is inscribed:

Approved by [/] HERR KOENIG [/] ANTOINE COURTOIS [/] BREVETE [/] FACTEUR DU CONSERVOIRE IMPERIAL [/] RU DU CAIRE 21 PARIS [/] JULLIEN & Co. [/] Sole Agents [/] 214 Regent Ste. [/] London.

The Courtois firm was founded by Antoine’s father in rue Mazarine in Paris, 1789. Around 1803, Antoine Courtois (1770-1855) relocated the firm to 21, rue du Caire. In 1851, Antoine’s son, Denis A. Courtois became the successor of the company and by 1856 moved the firm to 88, rue des Marais. The Courtois firm became a prominent brass instrument maker and continued after the death of Denis in 1880 with various owners.
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Musical Heritage
Courtois, Antoine
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
silver (overall material)
overall: 23 in x 4 3/4 in x 6 in; 58.42 cm x 12.065 cm x 15.24 cm
trumpet: 4 5/8 in x 6 1/4 in x 23 in; 11.7475 cm x 15.875 cm x 58.42 cm
accessories in box: 2 1/2 in x 3 1/4 in x 5 1/4 in; 6.35 cm x 8.255 cm x 13.335 cm
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catalog number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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