NMM 6831. Cornet in B-flat by G. J. A., Germany or U.S.A., ca. 1890
Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Collection, 1999
Engraved on garland: [tendril ornaments to left and right of signature] G. J. A.
The manufacturer of this cornet cannot be identified, because no maker with these initials has been documented. The form of the initials and the engraved decoration on the sides, however, are reminiscent of instruments made in Saxony. The cornet could also have been built by a Saxon immigrant in the United States, since the model on which it is based is clearly American. It is also possible that the initials are those of a former owner.
Body: Brass with German-silver leadpipe, garland, ferrules, braces, and touchpieces. Double-looped parallel tubing: leadpipe; slightly conical first bow; main tuning slide; cylindrical third bow; valve segment; conical bell bow and bellpipe in one integral part; Saxon rim.
Valves: Three side-action, string-operated rotary valves. Spiral-spring return mechanism; reciprocal driver pivot stopped by V-shaped cork buffers. Inner slide tubing. Windway: third, second, first valve.
Accessories: brass mouthpiece engraved G [?] A.
Sounding length: 1261 mm; internal diameter, leadpipe: 11.2 mm; bore diameter (inner valve slides) 11.4 mm; bell diameter: 115 mm.
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