Marceau Cornet

Marceau Cornet

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Description (Brief)

This cornet was made by Marceau in Bohemia, Czechoslovakia, around 1914. It is made of brass tubing with three mother-of-pearl-mounted Perinet piston valves. The bell is engraved with foliate decoration. This cornet is engraved:

Marceau
[floral motif]

Jazz icon Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) purportedly took lessons on this cornet, after leaving the Colored Waif’s home in New Orleans, from instructor Peter Davis.

Marceau is a Trade name used by Sears Roebuck & Co.

Location
Currently on loan
Object Name
Cornet
Date made
c. 1914
user
Armstrong, Louis
maker attribution
Pierre Marceau & Cie
place made
Czech Republic: Bohemia
Czechoslovakia
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 41 cm; 16 1/8 in
ID Number
2001.0322.01
accession number
2001.0322
catalog number
2001.0322.01
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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