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Natural Trumpet in E-flat by Johann Carl Kodisch,
Imperial City of Nürnberg, ca. 1700

NMM 10782. Natural trumpet in E-flat by Johann Carl Kodisch, Imperial City of Nuremberg, ca. 1700.NMM 10782. Natural trumpet in E-flat by Johann Carl Kodisch, Imperial City of Nuremberg, ca. 1700.

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NMM 10782.  Natural trumpet in E-flat by Johann Carl Kodisch, Imperial City of Nürnberg, ca. 1700. Five-piece brass body, held together by five ferrules of alternating length (long, short, long, short, long) and a conifer block with nailed-on, hand-woven linen tapes and red-and-white woolen binding. Overlapping tab seam (in the flaring part, ca. 5 mm wide and 5 mm apart; above the ball, ca. 2 mm wide and 5 mm apart). Ex coll.:  Jack and Suzanne Sigler, Ruskin, Florida. Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Collection, 2004.


The Maker's Signature

Maker's signature engraved on bell garland Maker's signature continues around bell garland

Maker's signature continues around bell garland Maker's signature continues around bell garland

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Engraved on the garland, next to a scallop-shell decoration, extending over the whole circumference of the bell, and reading from the mouthpiece end: MACHT IOHANN CARL KODISCH NVRNB


The Master's Mark

Master's mark

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The engraved master's mark, a horse jumping to the right, and the initials ICK are found in the center of the garland above the signature. Johann Carl Kodisch registered this masterís mark in 1681.


Bell Rim and Garland Decorations

Bell rim and garland

Nürnberg rim, wire embossed in a foliate bud pattern (Ährenmuster). The garland is engraved with four-petal flowers and tendrils. A zigzag-pattern of two alternating, diagonal double lines separates the floral engravings from the bell rim.

Scallop-shell decoration

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The upper edge of the garland shows a scallop-shell decoration. These scallop-shells were stamped from the front and then raised with a spherical punch tool from the back.


Ferrule

Ferrule

The ferrules are embossed with oblique stripes of tendrils on a dotted background alternating with plain stripes. The stripes are bordered by two groups of engraved lines on either side.


Ball

Ball

The ball is soldered together from two spherical, sheet-brass halves and engraved with five groups of double lines, one in the center and two on each side. The sleeves show the same oblique ornamental stripes as the ferrules, but have no bordering engraved lines.


This trumpet by Johann Carl Kodisch is very similar in its decoration (ferrules, sleeves, and garland) to two trumpets by the same maker at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nürnberg (MI 162 and MI 163). While the two Kodisch trumpets in Nürnberg are adorned with some silver plating and cast angelís heads on the garland, the present instrument is more modest in its decoration. It was slightly shortened and, presumably, originally used with shanks or crooks for the pitches of D or C.


Measurements

Sounding length:  1956 mm; internal diameter receiver: 11.7 mm; internal diameter receiver minimum (at ca. 70 mm): 10.4 mm; bell diameter: 119 mm.


Literature

Sabine K. Klaus, "Found in the Sunny South: A Trumpet by Johann Carl Kodisch, Imperial City of Nürnberg, After 1681," National Music Museum Newsletter 32, No. 1 (February 2005), pp. 4-5.

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