Meredith B-Flat Cornet

Meredith B-Flat Cornet

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Description

This cornet was made by Z. Albert Meredith in Marion, Ohio around 1912 to 1915. It is a B-flat cornet, Open Tone model serial #3319, made of silver plated brass with 3 patented piston valves of a modified Périnet design having two valve loops for each valve. The extra valve loops are to compensate for supposed difference in resistance between open notes and the valve notes, rather than pitch compensation. This cornet is engraved:

THE
Meredith
OPEN TONE
Cornet
Marion, O.
PAT. D
1909
1912
[/]3319

This cornet features two patents issued to Meredith:

United States Patent #939285, November 9, 1909, for a cornet.
United States Patent #1040372, October 8, 1912, for a cornet.

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
cornet
date made
1909-1915
maker
Meredith, Z. Albert
place made
United States: Ohio, Aid
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
silver (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 15 in x 5 in x 7 1/2 in; 38.1 cm x 12.7 cm x 19.05 cm
overall: 14 3/4 in x 8 11/16 in x 4 7/8 in; 37.465 cm x 22.06625 cm x 12.3825 cm
ID Number
MI.70.06
catalog number
70.06
accession number
287589
Credit Line
Gift of Robert Erickson
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

An article about Z. Albert Meredith and the Meredith cornet. Noted is that the cornet was in production as early as 1902. (Marion Star, April 23, 1902)

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