Graves & Co. 12-Keyed Presentation Bugle


This 12-keyed bugle was made by Graves and Co. in Boston, Massachusetts in 1860. It is an E-flat presentation bugle made of silver with etched decorations on bell, tone-hole borders, end-plate, and lead pipe. The bugle is engraved:

Presented to
Capt. Ed. Pier
BY HIS Corning Friends 1860

Edwin Pier (1817-1887) served as a musician in the Civil War and was a musician and teacher in the Corning, New York area.

Samuel Graves (1794-1878) began making instruments in West Fairlee, Vermont from 1824 to 1830. He moved to his shop to Winchester, New Hampshire in 1830 and was joined by his partners, Cyrus Graves (Samuel‘s brother), Charles Alexander, and Henry P. Anderson. The company was owned by Samuel Graves and Charles Alexander, and known as “Graves & Alexander” and later as “Graves & Co.” Brass instrument maker Samuel W. Richardson, from Rochester, New York was a partner in the company from 1832 to 1839.

The company made mostly woodwind instruments, and after London instrument maker James Keat went to work for the firm around 1837, Graves & Co. began producing brass instruments. After 1845, the company exclusively made brass instruments. Graves and Company would continue with various owners and name changes in Boston from 1850 to 1869, after which it merged with E. G. Wright & Co., Henry Esbach, and Louis F. Hartman to form the Boston Musical Instrument Manufactory.

Date Made: 1860

User: Pier, EdwinMaker: Graves & Co.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Massachusetts, Boston

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MI.63.610Accession Number: 243422Catalog Number: 63.610

Object Name: bugle

Physical Description: silver (overall material)Measurements: overall: 7 in x 4 1/2 in x 13 1/2 in x 11.4 cm; 17.78 cm x 11.43 cm x 34.29 cm x 4 1/2 in


Record Id: nmah_606560

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