Cornet Case


This cornet case was made by an unknown maker in the United States, 1878. It is made of wood, cover with brown stained leather, with metal fittings, and green plush interior. Accessioned with Henry Distin cornet (1981.0425.02).

This cornet case was previously owned by Walter F. Smith (1859-1937), cornetist in the Sousa Band (1893-1896) and the United States Marine Band (1885-1893 and 1898-1921).

Walter F. Smith joined the Sousa Band in 1893 and was made acting leader. In this role, Smith conducted Washington, D.C. concerts, various touring concerts, and also went with the band to perform in the inaugural ceremonies for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. This experience was a huge success and an article from the Stanley Barney Smith Collection in the Western Michigan University Archives states:

“Played to an audience of 50,000… Although the hour set for appearance of Sousa’s old organization was 3 o’clock, the crowds began pouring into the great playground after luncheon… By 2 o’clock the crowd extended from Van Buren Street to Harrison, lined the East side of Michigan ten to twenty deep. Conductor Smith began his part without any delay and without any preliminaries… Every number was enthusiastically cheered and it is scarcely necessary to say the program was as near perfection as may be.”

Date Made: 1878

User: Smith, Walter F.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

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Credit Line: Gift of Edna M. Smith

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1981.0425.02.01Catalog Number: 1981.0425.02.01Accession Number: 1981.0425

Object Name: case

Physical Description: wood (overall material)leather (overall material)metal (overall material)fabric (overall material)Measurements: overall: 5 7/8 in x 13 1/4 in x 10 5/8 in; 14.9225 cm x 33.655 cm x 26.9875 cm


Record Id: nmah_1802709

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