Fiske B-Flat Cornet

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Description (Brief)
This cornet was made by Isaac Fiske in Worcester, Massachusetts around 1873 to 1887. It is a B-flat cornet made of silver plated brass and has 3 piston (top) action string-operated rotary valves. The cornet is engraved:

ISAAC FISKE [/] MAKER [/] WORCESTER MASS [/] PATENTED [/] APR.29 [/] 73. NOV.12, 1867

This cornet features two patents awarded to Isaac Fiske (1820-1894):

United States Patent #70824, November 12, 1867, for an “Improvement in crooks for Musical Insttruments.”

United States Patent #138389, April 29, 1873, for an “Improvement in Cornets and similar Musical Instruments.”

The triangular arrangement of the rotary valves controlled by top pistons is a feature unique to many instruments made by Isaac Fiske.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1873-1887
maker
Fiske, Isaac
Fiske, Isaac
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Worcester
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
silver (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12 1/2 in x 5 in x 6 1/2 in; 31.75 cm x 12.7 cm x 16.51 cm
cornet: 12 in x 5 in x 7 1/2 in; 30.48 cm x 12.7 cm x 19.05 cm
receiver: 5 5/8 in x 1 1/4 in x 1/2 in; 14.2875 cm x 3.175 cm x 1.27 cm
ID Number
1991.0255.03
accession number
1991.0255
catalog number
1991.0255.03
patent number
70824
138389
Credit Line
Gift of Cathryn White Sylvester in Memory of Mr. and Mrs. H.N. White
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Cornets
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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