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.
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.
Cornet assembled in the over-the-shoulder configuration
Cornet assembled in the bell-forward configuration
Cornet assembled in the bell-upright configuration
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.
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.
Go to Checklist of Over-the-Shoulder Cornets
Go to Links to the NMM's Three Brass Instruments by Robb Stewart
National Music Museum
The University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069