King B-Flat Trumpet


This trumpet was made by King Musical Instruments, Inc. in Eastlake, Ohio in 1981. It is a B-flat trumpet, serial #863033, made of brass with 3 piston valves with mother-of-pearl buttons. This trumpet is engraved “Harry James” on the bell, and played by him.

Harry Hagg James (1916-1983) began his early career playing with his father’s circus band. By 1935, James joined Ben Pollack’s band and two years later would go on to star with Benny Goodman’s Orchestra. James formed his own orchestra in 1939, which would continue through the early 1980s.

Harry James appeared in several movies from 1937 to 1983, including Swing Fever (1943), Bathing Beauty (1944), and If I’m Lucky (1946).

Date Made: 1981

Maker: King Musical Instruments, Inc.

Location: Currently on loan

Place Made: United States: Ohio, Eastlake

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Credit Line: Gift of Tim James

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1988.0057.01Accession Number: 1988.0057Catalog Number: 1988.0057.01

Object Name: trumpet

Physical Description: brass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 22 in x 5 in x 6 in; 55.88 cm x 12.7 cm x 15.24 cm


Record Id: nmah_606906

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