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Over-the-Shoulder bass saxhorn in E-flat

Maker:
Ernest Seltmann (American)
Date:
mid to late 19th century
Geography:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Brass, nickel-silver
Dimensions:
58 1/8 × 9 3/4 × 11 in., 7.5 lb. (147.6 × 24.8 × 27.9 cm, 3401.978g)
Classification:
Aerophone-Lip Vibrated-trumpet / trombone
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.2301
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 680
The over-the-shoulder horn, as used by Civil War bands, was the most distinctively American form of the saxhorn. Its backward-facing bell enabled it to be heard by troops marching behind the band.
Marking: Stamped on bell: E. SELTMANN/PHILA
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Our Tuneful Heritage: American Musical Instruments from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exhibition catalogue., Brigham Young University. Provo, Utah, 1994, pg. 74, fig. 45, ill.

A Checklist of American Musical Instruments. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, pg. 39.

American Musical Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1985, pg. 92, fig. 97, ill.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1904, vol. I, pg. 192, 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. 192, 191+, ill.



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