B-Flat Bass Horn

B-Flat Bass Horn

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This bass horn was made around 1878 to 1882 and sold by the J. Howard Foote Company in New York and Chicago. It is a B-flat bass horn, bell upright, made of brass with 3 light piston valves. This instrument has an engraved medallion:

H. [lyre] F.

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 was sold as a bass horn or euphonium (#5085 ½).

Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
1878 - 1882
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
gold plate (mouthpiece; finger buttons; water key material)
brass (overall material)
overall: 27 in x 15 7/8 in x 10 15/16 in; 68.58 cm x 40.3225 cm x 27.78125 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of J. Howard Foote
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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