B-Flat Tenor Horn

B-Flat Tenor Horn

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This tenor 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 tenor horn, bell upright recently improved model, made of brass with 3 rotary valves. This althorn 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 listed in an 1880 J. Howard Foote catalog, sold as an tenor horn (#5025), for $20.60.

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Object Name
tenor horn
date made
1878 - 1882
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
nickel silver (fittings material)
overall: 7 7/8 in x 11 7/8 in x 28 1/4 in; 20.0025 cm x 30.1625 cm x 71.755 cm
bell: 19.9 cm; 7 27/32 in
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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