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NMM 6938.  Over-the-shoulder, bell-forward, and bell-upright cornet by
Robb Stewart, Arcadia, California, 1988. 
Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Collection of Brass Instruments, 1999.

NMM 6938.  Over-the-shoulder, bell-forward, and bell-upright cornet by Robb Stewart, Arcadia, California, 1988.

Valve cluster and three alternative bells

In addition to the over-the-shoulder cornet, the bell-forward and bell-upright forms of the cornet were also common during the Civil War era. This reproduction by Robb Stewart is an interesting combination of all three of those types. It can be assembled in the player's choice of an over-the-shoulder, bell-forward, or bell-upright configuration.


NMM 6938.  Over-the-shoulder cornet configuration by Robb Stewart, Arcadia, California, 1988.

Cornet assembled in the over-the-shoulder configuration


NMM 6938.  Bell-forward cornet configuration by Robb Stewart, Arcadia, California, 1988.

Cornet assembled in the bell-forward configuration


NMM 6938.  Bell-upright cornet configuration by Robb Stewart, Arcadia, California, 1988.

Cornet assembled in the bell-upright configuration


Maker's signature engraved on bell

Engraved on bell: Made by / R. STEWART

Body:  Valve cluster, braces, ferrules, and garlands of brass; touchpieces of German silver; bells of copper. Leadpipe, valve cluster, and vertical main tuning slide in one segment; three alternative bells screw to valve segment. Bells with overlapping tab seam (sloping tabs ca. 4 mm wide and ca. 20 mm apart). Brass garland with one engraved line adjacent to the upper edge; Saxon rim. Brass ferrules with one engraved line adjacent to each edge.


Rotary Valves

Valves:  Three top-action, string-operated, rotary valves. Coil-spring return mechanism; horseshoe-stop with cork buffers. Inner slide tubing. Windway: first, second, third valve.


Accessories and Sounding Length

Accessories:  Brass lyre stamped RMC and black plastic case.

Sounding length (in all three bell configurations):  1102 mm; internal diameter, receiver: 10.2 mm; internal diameter, receiver minimum at ca. 20 mm): 9.2 mm; bore diameter (inner valve slides): 11.6 mm; bell diameter: 115 mm.

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