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H4813 Musical instrument, oratoria slide trumpet, 'T. Harper's Improved', brass, made by John Augustus Kohler, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, 1845-1850
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Musical instrument, oratoria slide trumpet, 'T. Harper's Improved', brass, made by John Augustus Kohler, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, 1845-1850
This is Thomas Harper's Improved slide trumpet, made by John Augustus Kohler, in Covent Garden, London, between 1845 and 1850. This trumpet worked more like a trombone as a slide controlled the pitch. On modern trumpets the pitch is controlled by valves.

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Musical instrument, oratoria slide trumpet, 'T. Harper's Improved', brass, made by John Augustus Kohler, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, 1845-1850

Brass slide trumpet; embossed and engraved mounts; double spring action to return slide to original condition; one spring attached to end of slide internally through tubing; other spring may be attached externally to slide by way of button attached to length of wound gut if extra tension is required. Separate crooks and tuning sections for keys C, D, E flat, E natural. With slide in closed position the major scale on each note is available. Pulling slide out lowers pitch by a semitone, to enable chromatic notes to sound.
Made: 1845 - 1850
Marks
Marked: "T. Harper's improved, Manufactured by I. Köhler, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London".

Stamped: "124" (?) on outside of spring casing.

Stamped: "WW" inside cover of spring casing.
H4813
Production date
1845 - 1850
Height
175 mm
Width
625 mm
Depth
165 mm

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Acquisition credit line
Purchased 1946
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