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Cornet in E-flat (over-shoulder model)

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Music: Dixie/Bonnie Blue Flag by Daniel D. Emmett/Harry McCarthy, about 1860 (performed by Paul Perfetti)


Engraved on bell: Made by / GRAVES & CO. BOSTON / for / COL. COLT'S ARMORY BAND / Hartford Ct.


About 1855, commissioned of the maker as part of a matched set of 20 brass instruments for Colonel (Samuel?) Colt's Armory Band, Hartford, Connecticut, according to an inscription on the bell. 1991, sold by Lillian Caplin, The Center for Musical Antiquities, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 27, 1991)

Credit Line

Foster Charitable Fund


Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Length 60 cm (23 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Nickel silver


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones