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Bugle in C

Thomas Key (British, active London before 1805–1858)
William Trayls (silversmith)
London, England, United Kingdom
Height (without mouthpiece): 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm) Diameter (Of bell): 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)
Aerophone-Lip Vibrated
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.270 a, b
Not on view
Engravings on the bell indicate that the bugle was made in the year 1811 (represented by the letter Q) by the silversmith William Trayls (initials WT). Other marks represent the sterling standard (lion passant), the London Assay Office (leopard head), and the excise duty mark (sovereign's head). Also engraved on the bell is the name Major Drummond of the 104th Regiment, who presumably was the first owner of the instrument.
Marking: 1. (engraved in wreath on bell garland) Key/2 Pall Mall/London
2. (engraved on bell) Major Drummond/104th Regt.
3. (hallmark on bell) WT
4. (hallmark on mouthpiece) TMHH
"The Brass Instrument Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York." Historic Brass Society Journal (1999), vol. 11, pg. 117.

"Musical Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1978), Vol. XXXV, No. 3, pg. 5, ill.

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