Fiske B-Flat Cornet


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:

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.

Isaac Fiske (1820-1894) established his firm in 1842 in Worcester, Massachusetts. In 1887, on his retirement, Fiske sold his company to G.C. Conn.

Date Made: 1873-1887

Maker: Fiske, Isaac

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Massachusetts, Worcester

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of Cathryn White Sylvester in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Henderson N. White

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0255.03Accession Number: 1991.0255Catalog Number: 1991.0255.03Patent Number: 70824138389

Object Name: cornet

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 cmcornet: 12 in x 5 in x 7 1/2 in; 30.48 cm x 12.7 cm x 19.05 cmreceiver: 5 5/8 in x 1 1/4 in x 1/2 in; 14.2875 cm x 3.175 cm x 1.27 cm


Record Id: nmah_607104

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