Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Contrabass Slide Trombone

Jérome Thibouville-Lamy
ca. 1880
Paris, France
Brass, nickel-silver
L. 61-1/8 in. (155.3 cm), Diam. of bell +/-7-7/16 in. (18.8 cm), Diam. of bore 0.575 in. (14.60 mm), slide: small bore 0.530 in. (13.46 mm), large bore 0.570 in. (14.48 mm); Extension 1st to 7th position 23-3/16 in. (58.9 cm)
Aerophone-Lip Vibrated-trumpet / trombone
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
Not on view
The slide tubing of this contrabass trombone is doubled over on itself to accommodate the extra length needed for a contrabass instrument. This design makes the instrument manageable to hold and play. The narrow or "peashooter" bore profile of this instrument's bell section is typical of French and British brass instruments up to World War II. Jérome Thibouville-Lamy was one of the most prolific makers of wind instruments in France during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Marking: Legion D'Honneur (in pennant)/ J.T.L. (in leaves)/ Qté Supre/ (gold medals, Paris and London)/ Jérome/Thibouville-Ly/Fr de C'Armée/Breveté/s.g.d.g./Paris/93
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown ; Mr. Pillsbury
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1904, vol. I, pg. 185, ill.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments of All Nations: I. Europe, Galleries 25 and 26, Central Cases of Galleries 27 and 28. Catalogue., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, vol. 13, pg. 185, 185+, ill.

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