Halari Cornet

Halari Cornet

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This cornet was made by Halari, France around 1845 to 1855. It is made of brass with red lacquer and gold leaf inside the bell. This cornet has 3 Stölzel piston valves and accessioned with 3 tuning shanks in “si” (B-flat, “sib" (B-flat at a lower pitch), "la” (A), and 5 tuning crooks in “la.b"(A-flat), "sol” (G), “fa" (F), “mi” (E), and "mi.b" (E-flat coupler added to the E crook). It is engraved:


Jean Hilaire Asté (1775-1840) was a French music professor and instrument maker. In 1804, founded the maison Halari (also known as Halary).

Jean Louis Antoine (1788-1861) succeeded Asté in 1840 and continued to use the name Halari. His son, Jules Leon Antoine (1827- after 1872) took over the business and sold the company to Comte et Cie in 1873, led by François Sudre.

Currently not on view
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date made
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
gold (overall material)
lacquer (overall material)
overall: 11 1/2 in x 5 in x 8 in; 29.21 cm x 12.7 cm x 20.32 cm
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Music & Musical Instruments
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How is this instrument considered a cornet? The picture provided shows characteristics of a cornopean, perhaps some hybrid version? Also, can the photo provided be augmented with a view of the piston valves in order to allow more complete information of the design and construction.

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