Lyon & Healy B-FlatA Cornet

Lyon & Healy B-Flat/A Cornet

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This cornet was made by Lyon & Healy in Chicago, Illinois in 1906. It is a B-flat/A cornet, Own Make model serial #7001, made of silver plated brass, and has 3 piston valves with mother-of-pearl buttons. This cornet features a quick change tuning slide. It is engraved:

Lyon & Healy
Own Make

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Object Name
date made
Lyon & Healy
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
silver (overall material)
cornet: 14 3/8 in x 5 in x 7 7/8 in; 36.5125 cm x 12.7 cm x 20.0025 cm
music holder: 7 7/8 in x 2 3/8 in x 7/8 in; 20.0025 cm x 6.0325 cm x 2.2225 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Robert Erickson
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Many years ago, about 55, I discovered a blackened cornet in a sandbox, a play thing for a neighbor's children. I am a cornetist and was horror stricken; so the neighbor gave it to me. I am only now restoring it to playing condition. It is identical to the model you display. Mine has serial no. 7711, also from 1906. Yours is the only identical model I have seen. I am curious to know if the mouthpiece I have is correct. The horn plays sharp.

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