Emil K. Blessing B-Flat Cornet

Emil K. Blessing B-Flat Cornet

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Description (Brief)
This cornet was made by Emil K. Blessing in Elkhart, Indiana around 1915 - 1925. It is a B-flat cornet, serial #15552, made of brass and has 3 piston valves. This cornet was accessioned with an original case and accessories. This cornet is engraved:

MADE BY [/] Emil K. Blessing [/] ELKHART [/] IND.

Emil Karl Blessing (1880-1954) immigrated to the United States in 1896. He began his career working for the Buescher Band Instrument Co. in Elkhart, Indiana. After stints with the Mennonite Publishing House and Frank Holton, Blessing began making musical instruments on his own in Elkhart, Indiana in 1906. Emil Blessing led the company until his death in 1954. The company was run by his son E. Karl Blessing, Jr. and merged with the Martin Band Instrument Company in 1961.

This cornet features United States Patent #963272, awarded to Emil K. Blessing on July 5, 1910 for “Improvements for Valves for Wind Instruments.”

This cornet was previously owned and used by the donors’ father, Francis Morton Messick (1908-1969).
Currently not on view
date made
Blessing, Emil K.
place made
United States: Indiana, Elkhart
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
cornet: 16 1/8 in x 4 7/8 in x 6 5/8 in; 40.9575 cm x 12.3825 cm x 16.8275 cm
black mute: 8 1/2 in x 3 1/8 in; 21.59 cm x 7.9375 cm
gold mute: 7 3/8 in x 4 in; 18.7325 cm x 10.16 cm
overall: 16 in x 5 in x 6 1/2 in; 40.64 cm x 12.7 cm x 16.51 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of James Robert Messick and Frederick M. Messick
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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