F. E. Olds and Son B-Flat Trumpet, used by Andrew Blakeney

F. E. Olds and Son B-Flat Trumpet, used by Andrew Blakeney

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This trumpet was made by Frank Ellsworth Olds & Son in Fullerton, California around 1955 to 1956. It is a B-flat trumpet, Ambassador model, serial #178587, made of brass with 3 piston valves. This trumpet was previously owned and used by American jazz trumpeter, Andrew Blakeney. This trumpet is engraved:

AMBASSADOR
MADE BY
F.E. OLDS & SON
FULLERTON
CALIF.

Andrew “Andy” Blakeney (1898-1992) began playing professionally in Chicago around 1925. He moved to California the next year and would perform and record with several bands including Sonny Clay and Lionel Hampton. In the late 1930s, Blakeney played with Monk McKay’s band in Hawaii and would return to the mainland to perform in California throughout the 1940s to the 1950s. Blakeney’s later years were spent playing with groups including the Young Men of New Orleans and the Eagle Brass Band.

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
trumpet
date made
1955-1956
user
Blakeney, Andrew
maker
F. E. Olds
place made
United States: California, Fullerton
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 19 in x 4 3/4 in x 6 in; 48.26 cm x 12.065 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
2013.0215.03
accession number
2013.0215
catalog number
2013.0215.03
serial number
178587
Credit Line
Gift of Dennis Levin
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

My parents bought a 1956 Olds Ambassador for me in 1956 . I still have it and play it every day . It's in very good condition except for the tarnished finish .

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