Courtois B-FlatA Cornet

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Description (Brief)
This cornet was made by the Antoine Courtois & Mille in Paris, France around 1880 to 1895. It is B-flat/A cornet, Arbuckle model, made of silver plated brass with 3 piston valves with mother-of-pearl finger buttons and tuning shanks and crooks.

This cornet model is named after Scottish immigrant, Matthew Arbuckle (1828-1883), a prominent cornet player of the era. His cornet instruction book containing instructions, exercises, lessons, and arrangements, Arbuckle’s Complete Cornet Method was published in 1866 and is still used today.

This cornet bears inscriptions of Courtois and J. Howard Foote. J. Howard Foote, musical instrument dealer in New York and Chicago, was the sole Courtois importer in the United States in the 1880s and 1890s.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1880-1895
maker
Antoine Courtois & Mille
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
silver (overall material)
Measurements
cornet: 12 3/8 in x 5 1/16 in x 7 5/8 in; 31.4325 cm x 12.85875 cm x 19.3675 cm
mute: 4 3/8 in x 2 1/2 in; 11.1125 cm x 6.35 cm
mouthpiece: 2 5/16 in x 1 1/16 in; 5.87375 cm x 2.69875 cm
receiver: 7 in x 1 1/8 in x 1/2 in; 17.78 cm x 2.8575 cm x 1.27 cm
overall: 12 1/2 in x 5 in x 6 1/2 in; 31.75 cm x 12.7 cm x 16.51 cm
ID Number
1993.0345.01
catalog number
1993.0345.01
accession number
1993.0345
Credit Line
Gift of Harry B. Steven
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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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