This contrabass 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, bell upright recently improved model, made of brass with 3 rotary valves. This contrabass 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 a contrabass (#5028), for $33.75.
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- date made
- place made
- United States: New York, New York
- Physical Description
- brass (overall material)
- overall: 38 1/4 in x 14 1/2 in x 9 7/8 in; 97.155 cm x 36.83 cm x 25.0825 cm
- ID Number
- accession number
- catalog number
- Credit Line
- Gift of J. Howard Foote
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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