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Cornet in B-flat

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Nickel silver. Three string-linkage rotary valves and one valve (missing touchpiece), used to transpose the overall pitch up by one half tone. Original (?) pig-tail crook and music lyre. Non-original straight shank and mouthpiece.


Engraved on bell garland: Gilmore, Graves & Co, Boston


Before 1941, Edward Theodore Morcombe (1872-1941), who owned and played the instrument, Melrose, Massachusetts; by 1975, by descent to his daughter, Pearl E. Squires, Melrose, Massachusetts; 1975, gift of Squires to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 10, 1975)

Credit Line

Gift of Pearl E. Squires in memory of her father, Edward Theodore Morcombe

about 1864–66

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Length 62 cm (24 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Nickel silver


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones