Natural Trumpet

Maker: Johann Wilhelm Haas (German, Nuremberg 1649–1723 Nuremberg)

Date: late 17th century

Geography: Nürnberg, Germany

Culture: German

Medium: Brass

Dimensions: Depth (Without crook or mouthpiece): 25 11/16 in. (65.3 cm)
Diameter (Of bell): 4 7/16 in. (11.3 cm)

Classification: Aerophone-Lip Vibrated

Credit Line: The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889

Accession Number: 89.4.2375


Natural trumpets such as this were used in the military and in royal pagentry. The production and playing of trumpets in Germany during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries was strictly regulated by a guild system. The four generations of the Haas family were the most prolific and prominent dynasty of brass instrument makers working in Nuremberg. Their trumpet output ranged from simply ebellished brass examples such as this to ornately decorated silver trumpets with gold gilding like 54.32.1