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Description (Brief)

This cornet was made by an unknown maker, in Europe around 1840-1850. This cornet is made of brass with an engraved nickel silver bell garland, and has 3 Stölzel piston valves. The cornet is accessioned with 7 terminal crooks: B-flat, A, A-flat, G, F, E, and E-flat.

Heinrich Stölzel (1777-1844), a German horn player is best known for making some of the earliest valves for brass instruments in 1814.

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Physical Description
brass (overall material)
nickel silver (overall material)
overall: 10 1/2 in x 4 3/4 in x 7 1/2 in x 12.3 cm; 26.67 cm x 12.065 cm x 19.05 cm x 4 27/32 in
cornet: 10 1/2 in x 8 in x 4 13/16 in; 26.67 cm x 20.32 cm x 12.22375 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Leonard Wallis
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National Museum of American History
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