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NMM 6946. Cornet in B-flat by William Seefeldt, Philadelphia, ca. 1860
Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Collection, 1999

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NMM 6946.  Cornet in B-flat by William Seefeldt, Philadelphia, ca. 1860 NMM 6946.  Cornet in B-flat by William Seefeldt, Philadelphia, ca. 1860

William F. Seefeldt, a native of Prussia, is listed in the 1860 U.S. census as a musical instrument maker working out of his own shop, established in Philadelphia in 1858. This cornet, which features handmade rotors, dates from this early stage of his career.


Signature

Signature engraved on bell

Signature stamped on bell:
W. SEEFELDT / PHILAAAD A


Body:  Brass with single-looped tubing: leadpipe; valve cluster; Bell and bell bow with continuous, overlapping tab seam. Undecorated German-silver garland with plain upper edge and Saxon rim.

Accessories:  none

Sounding length:  1262 mm; internal diameter, leadpipe: 10.1 mm; bore diameter (inner valve slides) 11.4 mm; bell diameter: 126 mm.


Valves

Valves:  Three top-action, string-operated rotary valves. Flat-spring return mechanisms; reciprocal driver pivot stopped by cork buffers on horseshoe plate. Internal slide tubing. Windway: first, second, third valve.

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Reciprocal driver pivot

Reciprocal driver pivot stopped by cork buffers on horseshoe plate

Touch pieces returned by flat springs

Touchpieces returned by flat springs


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