NMM 6946. Cornet in B-flat by William Seefeldt, Philadelphia, ca. 1860
Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Collection, 1999
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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 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.
Sounding length: 1262 mm; internal diameter, leadpipe: 10.1 mm; bore diameter (inner valve slides) 11.4 mm; bell diameter: 126 mm.
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 stopped by cork buffers on horseshoe plate
Touchpieces returned by flat springs
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