Valved trumpet

about 1840
Charles Mahillon (Belgian, 1813–1887)

Object Place: Brussels, Belgium


Length 40.5 cm (15 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



Alto in F. Three double valves of the Viennese type. Brass. Cylindro-conoidal bore. Tuning slide. The valve mechanism consists of three long levers pivoted on one end and connected under the finger touch-pieces with valves by means of articulated rods; the valve levers are returned into the initital position by flat springs with rollers; the key pivots and spring roller guides are soldered to a long strip of brass. The valve tubes are reinforced on both sides by rectangular sheets of brass. Cornet-à-pistons mouthpiece.


Engraved on bell garland: C. Mahillon Bruxelles


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