B-Flat Tenor Horn

B-Flat Tenor Horn

Description (Brief)

This tenor horn was made around 1878 to 1882 and sold by the J. Howard Foote Company in New York and Chicago. It is a B-flat althorn, over-the shoulder model, made of nickel silver plated brass with 3 string-action rotary valves. This baritone horn has an engraved medallion:


Brass instruments bearing the medallion of J. Howard Foote were likely made for him by the firm of John Stratton or other factories in New York City.

John Howard Foote (1833-1896) was a musical instrument dealer with shops in New York City and Chicago. This instrument listed in an 1880 J. Howard Foote catalog, sold as an American Military Band Style tenor horn (#5035), for $26.00.

Object Name
date made
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 13 in x 8 3/4 in x 37 in; 33.02 cm x 22.225 cm x 93.98 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of J. Howard Foote
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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