Pollter Tenor Valve Trombone

Pollter Tenor Valve Trombone

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Description (Brief)

This trombone was made by Otto Pollter in Leipzig, Germany, late 1890s. It is a tenor valve trombone made of brass and German silver. There are Decorative snakes on the end of slide. This trombone is engraved:

O. Pollter & Co.

This trombone was previously owned and used by trombonist Edward A. Williams, who purchased this trombone in Leipzig in 1900. Williams was a member the Sousa Band, 1892-1917.

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Object Name
Date made
late 1890s
Williams, Edward A.
Sousa, John Philip
Otto Pollter & Co.
place made
Germany: Saxony, Leipzig
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
german silver (overall material)
bell: 24 5/16 in x 10 7/8 in x 8 7/8 in; 61.75375 cm x 27.6225 cm x 22.5425 cm
mouthpiece: 3 1/2 in x 1 9/16 in; 8.89 cm x 3.96875 cm
slide: 37 1/2 in x 5 5/16 in x 7/8 in; 95.25 cm x 13.49375 cm x 2.2225 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Catherine W. and Jerome E. Henderson
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