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E-Flat Contrabass Horn

E-Flat Contrabass Horn

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This contrabass horn was made around 1878 to 1882 and sold by the J. Howard Foote Company in New York and Chicago. It is an E-Flat contrabass horn, over-the shoulder model, made of German silver with 3 string-action rotary valves. This instrument horn has an engraved medallion:

TRADE
J.H.F.
NY&C
Mark

Brass instruments bearing the medallion of J. Howard Foote were likely made for him by the firm of John Stratton or other factories in New York City.

John Howard Foote (1833-1896) was a musical instrument dealer with shops in New York City and Chicago. This instrument listed in an 1880 J. Howard Foote catalog, sold as an American Military Band Style contrabass (#5038), for $45.75.

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
tuba
date made
1978-1882
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
German silver (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 51 1/2 in x 12 1/2 in x 10 in; 130.81 cm x 31.75 cm x 25.4 cm
ID Number
MI.055590
accession number
11535
catalog number
055590
Credit Line
Gift of J. Howard Foote
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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