Boston Musical Instrument Manufactury Presentation Cornet

Boston Musical Instrument Manufactury Presentation Cornet

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Description (Brief)

This cornet was made by Boston Musical Instrument Manufactory in Boston, Massachusetts in 1877. It is a presentation cornet made of silver with 3 top action rotary valves. The cornet is engraved:

Presented to
Joseph W. Bradley
by the members of the
Cornet Band
May 3rd, 1877
Made by the BOSTON
Musical Instrument

The development of valves in the 1830s, as well as improvements in the construction of brass musical instruments, allowed for brass instruments to produce every pitch within their range and made it possible for players to easily switch parts or instruments. Brass bands were popular in the United States in the mid-19th Century through the early 20th Century. Most communities, large or small, had a brass band that was funded by local businesses or residents. During their heyday, brass bands were an expression of community pride and achievement. This cornet was used by a member of The Blackstone Band in Blackstone, Massachusetts.

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Object Name
Boston Musical Instrument Manufactory
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 13 in x 4 in x 6 3/4 in; 33.02 cm x 10.16 cm x 17.145 cm
overall: 13 in x 6 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in; 33.02 cm x 16.51 cm x 11.43 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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