Conn B-FlatA Cornet

Conn B-Flat/A Cornet

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Description

This cornet was made by C.G. Conn in Elkhart, Indiana in 1896. It is a B-flat/A cornet, serial #36954, made of silver plated brass with gold plate inside the bell, and has 3 piston valves. This cornet has a rare engraving with both "Elkhart" and "New York":

MADE
BY
C. G. CONN
ELKHART, IND.
NEW YORK

The second valve on the cornet is stamped “PAT. JUNE [/] 15, 1886” which refers to United States Patent #343888 granted to Charles G. Conn for “Improvements in Cornets, and other Piston-Valve Musical Instruments.”

This cornet was used by the donor’s father, John Grason Steffey (1867-1931), as an amateur musician in the Williamsport area of Maryland.

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
cornet
date made
1896
maker
C. G. Conn
place made
United States: Indiana, Elkhart
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
silver (overall material)
gold (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 13 in x 5 in x 7 in; 33.02 cm x 12.7 cm x 17.78 cm
cornet: 13 in x 5 in x 7 11/16 in; 33.02 cm x 12.7 cm x 19.52625 cm
mute: 4 5/8 in x 2 3/4 in; 11.7475 cm x 6.985 cm
ID Number
1986.0002.01
catalog number
1986.0002.01
accession number
1986.0002
patent number
343888
Credit Line
Gift of Jane Steffey
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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