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Slide trumpet

Slide trumpet

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    about 1830-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    copper tubing with nickel-silver mounts and embossed nickel-silver bell garland.

  • Museum number:

    298:1,2-1882

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The English Slide trumpet was first used in about 1800. It was normally played in F, but a series of copper coils (or 'crooks') attached to the mouthpiece made it possible to play in different keys. The figure-of-eight lever near the bell enabled the player to lower each note by one semi-tone. This instrument featured in martial music, and this example is decorated with military trophies.

Physical description

"Copper, with nickel-silver mounts and embossed bell garland. Brass slide which draws backwards towards the player and is returned by a clock spring contained in a round brass case fixed to a cross-stay." Anthony Baines, Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard instruments (London, 1998), p. 107.
The bell garland (or outside rim of the bell) is decorated with military trophies.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

about 1830-1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (made)

Materials and Techniques

copper tubing with nickel-silver mounts and embossed nickel-silver bell garland.

Dimensions

Length: 57 cm, Diameter: 11.6 cm Diameter of bell.

Object history note

This instrument was part of the collections of Carl Engel (1818-1882) and was bought by the museum for £1-10-0 (£1.50).

Descriptive line

Slide trumpet, copper with nickel-silver mounts, English, about 1830 - 1850.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Anthony Baines: Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard instruments. (London, 1998), p. 107

Materials

Copper; Nickel-silver

Techniques

Embossing

Subjects depicted

Trophies

Categories

Musical instruments

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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