Fiske B-Flat Cornet

Fiske B-Flat Cornet

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Description (Brief)
This cornet was made by Isaac Fiske in Worcester, Massachusetts around 1873 to 1887. It is a B-flat cornet made of silver plated brass and has 3 piston (top) action string-operated rotary valves. The cornet is engraved:

ISAAC FISKE [/] MAKER [/] WORCESTER MASS [/] PATENTED [/] APR.29 [/] 73. NOV.12, 1867

This cornet features two patents awarded to Isaac Fiske (1820-1894):

United States Patent #70824, November 12, 1867, for an “Improvement in crooks for Musical Insttruments.”

United States Patent #138389, April 29, 1873, for an “Improvement in Cornets and similar Musical Instruments.”

The triangular arrangement of the rotary valves controlled by top pistons is a feature unique to many instruments made by Isaac Fiske.
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date made
Fiske, Isaac
Fiske, Isaac
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Worcester
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
silver (overall material)
overall: 12 1/2 in x 5 in x 6 1/2 in; 31.75 cm x 12.7 cm x 16.51 cm
cornet: 12 in x 5 in x 7 1/2 in; 30.48 cm x 12.7 cm x 19.05 cm
receiver: 5 5/8 in x 1 1/4 in x 1/2 in; 14.2875 cm x 3.175 cm x 1.27 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Cathryn White Sylvester in Memory of Mr. and Mrs. H.N. White
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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