Keyed bugle in B-flat

John Augustus Köhler (English, 1805–1878)

Object Place: London, England


Length 43.2 cm (17 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver, silver gilt

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)


Europe, Musical Instruments



Soprano in B-flat. Sterling silver body with silver gilt keys and garland. Decorative engraving on bell, bell garland, key flaps, and mouthpiece. Ten round keys mounted on saddles; key-holes have raised sockets. Original mouthpiece, seven tuning bits, and one pigtail crook. Original mahogany case, fitted and cloth-lined, with a copy of Kohler’s business card on the inside of the lid.


Engraved on bell garland: MCFARLANE'S IMPROVED MANUFACTURED BY I. KOHLER LONDON [arms of Chamberlayne impaling arms of Onslow]; engraved on bell: MORS POTIOR MACULA; stamped hallmarks: I. K. / [lion passant] / leopard's head] / u / head of William IV


185/6, probably commissioned of the maker to commemorate the appointment of Thomas Chamberlayne, Esq. of Cranbury Park to the office of High Sheriffin Hampshire. By 1986, acquired of source unidentified by Tony Bingham, London, England; 1986, sold by Bingham to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 26, 1986)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour