Cornet

about 1840
William Grayson (active before 1840–1850)


Object Place: London, England

Dimensions

Length 30.5 cm (12 in.)

Accession Number

17.1989

Medium or Technique

Copper, nickel silver

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Aerophones

Soprano in C, crooked in A. Cylindro-conoidal bore. Three piston valves. Copper, with German silver trimmings. The tube is made in two parts. The first part includes a tuning slide, but it is attached to a U-shaped tube into which are inserted two pistons; the second part begins with a piston tube and ends in a bell; a short cylindrical tube joins the U-shaped tube and the second part. Formerly, in addition to piston valves, there was a shake key, socket of which is now plugged. Engraved on the bell is a wreath. The crook is marked ‘A-flat.’

Inscription

Engraved on bell: Made by / William Grayson, / 5 Cooper St. / Westminster

Provenance

Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection