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Keyed bugle in E-flat

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Sopranino in E-Flat. Silver. Decorative engraving on bell, bell garland, leadpipe, and finger-rest mount. Eleven cup-shaped keys mounted on pillars. Adjustable tuning shank and original mouthpiece. Original mahogany case.

Inscription

Engraved on bell: Presented to / Joseph J. Brenan / BY THE / Marietta Band / 1854 / MADE BY E.G. WRIGHT BOSTON

Provenance

1854, commissioned of the maker as a presentation instrument for Joseph J. Brennan (1829-1900) by the Marietta (Ohio) Band, according to an inscription on the bell. Before 1989, sold by source unidentified at a flea market, Mansfield, Ohio, to Ron Chojnacki, Medina, Ohio; by 1989, consigned by Chojnacki to Sotheby's London; November 22, 1989, sold by Sotheby's London, lot 99, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 22, 1990)

Credit Line

Gift of The Seminarians and Friends in memory of Warren C. Moffett

about 1854

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Length 44.5 cm (17 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1990.85

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Aerophones