Oratoria slide trumpet, ‘T. Harper’s Improved’, brass, made by John Augustus Kohler, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, 1845-1850

Made 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.

Summary

H4813
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.

Dimensions

625 mm
175 mm
165 mm

Production

1845-1850

Source

Purchased 1946

Cite this Object

Oratoria slide trumpet, 'T. Harper's Improved', brass, made by John Augustus Kohler, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, 1845-1850 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 March 2017, <https://ma.as/240951>
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