J.W. York & Sons B-FlatA Cornet

J.W. York & Sons B-Flat/A Cornet

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This cornet was made by J. W. York & Sons in Grand Rapids, Michigan about 1907. It is a B-flat/A cornet, Professional model serial #17527, made of silver plated brass with 3 piston valves. This cornet is accessioned with an original case and accessories. It is engraved:

Made by
J.W. York & Sons
Grand Rapids

James Warren York (1839-1927) began his career as a cornet player in Grand Rapids, Michigan and started repairing and making instruments in 1884. In 1887, the company was renamed York & Son, to commemorate the birth of his first son Charles E. York. Eleven years later, the company was changed to York & Sons, with the birth of York’s second son, Frank W. York. The company went through other name changes before the last name change as York Band Instrument Company. In 1917, James Warren York retired from the business and by 1926, the York family relinquished all control of the company and was subsequently purchased by Carl Fischer.

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Object Name
date made
J. W. York & Sons
place made
United States: Michigan, Grand Rapids
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
silver (overall material)
overall: 13 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in x 7 1/2 in; 34.29 cm x 11.43 cm x 19.05 cm
cornet: 13 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in x 7 1/8 in; 34.29 cm x 11.43 cm x 18.0975 cm
longest crook: 4 7/8 in x 1 1/4 in x 1/2 in; 12.3825 cm x 3.175 cm x 1.27 cm
widest crook: 4 1/4 in x 2 1/2 in x 5/8 in; 10.795 cm x 6.35 cm x 1.5875 cm
mouthpieces: 2 3/8 in x 1 1/8 in; 6.0325 cm x 2.8575 cm
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accession number
catalog number
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Credit Line
Gift of Bernard F. Fetter, M.D.
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