E-Flat Althorn

E-Flat Althorn

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Description (Brief)

This althorn was made around 1878 to 1882 and sold by the J. Howard Foote Company in New York and Chicago. It is an E-flat althorn, 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 alto horn (#5024), for $18.75.

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Object Name
Date made
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
overall: 7 7/16 in x 22 3/8 in x 10 1/4 in; 18.89125 cm x 56.8325 cm x 26.035 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of J. Howard Foote
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National Museum of American History
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