J.W. York & Sons Tenor Slide Trombone

J.W. York & Sons Tenor Slide Trombone

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This trombone was made by J.W. York & Sons in Grand Rapids, Michigan, around 1900-1925. It a B-flat tenor slide trombone. This trombone is made of silver-plated brass. Accessioned with period case and accessories. This trombone is inscribed:

Made by
Grand Rapids


James Warren York (1839-1927) began his career as a cornet player in Grand Rapids, Michigan and started repairing and making instruments in 1884. In 1887, his company was renamed York & Son, to commemorate the birth of his first son Charles E. York. Eleven years later, the company was changed to York & Sons, with the birth of York’s second son, Frank W. York. The company went through other name changes before the last name change as York Band Instrument Company. In 1917, James Warren York retired from the business and by 1926, the York family relinquished all control of the company and was subsequently purchased by Carl Fischer.

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Object Name
date made
J. W. York & Sons
place made
United States: Michigan, Grand Rapids
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
silver (overall material)
trombone: 25 5/8 in x 7 13/16 in x 7 in; 65.0875 cm x 19.84375 cm x 17.78 cm
small slide: 9 1/4 in x 4 11/16 in x 7/8 in; 23.495 cm x 11.90625 cm x 2.2225 cm
large slide: 32 1/8 in x 3 7/8 in x 7/8 in; 81.5975 cm x 9.8425 cm x 2.2225 cm
mouthpiece: 2 7/8 in x 1 1/2 in; 7.3025 cm x 3.81 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Bequest of Edith R. Meggers
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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