American B-Flat Cornet

American B-Flat Cornet

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Description (Brief)
This cornet was made by an unknown maker in the United States about 1920. It is a “long model” B-flat cornet, serial #153, made of silver plated brass with 3 piston valves. This cornet is engraved:

All [/] American [/] Made

This cornet features some unusual windings and is representative of the transitional design when B-flat trumpets were gaining in popularity as a band instrument, but cornets were still widely used.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1920
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
silver (overall material)
overall: 16 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in x 5 in; 41.91 cm x 11.43 cm x 12.7 cm
overall: 16 5/8 in x 5 13/16 in x 4 9/16 in; 42.2275 cm x 14.76375 cm x 11.58875 cm
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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