King B-Flat Trumpet

King B-Flat Trumpet

Description (Brief)

This trumpet was made by King Musical Instruments, Inc. in Eastlake, Ohio in 1981. It is a B-flat trumpet, serial #863033, made of brass with 3 piston valves with mother-of-pearl buttons. This trumpet is engraved “Harry James” on the bell, and played by him.

Harry Hagg James (1916-1983) began his early career playing with his father’s circus band. By 1935, James joined Ben Pollack’s band and two years later would go on to star with Benny Goodman’s Orchestra. James formed his own orchestra in 1939, which would continue through the early 1980s.

Harry James appeared in several movies from 1937 to 1983, including Swing Fever (1943), Bathing Beauty (1944), and If I’m Lucky (1946).

Currently on loan
James, Harry
place made
United States: Ohio, Eastlake
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
overall: 22 in x 5 in x 6 in; 55.88 cm x 12.7 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Tim James
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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