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Rotary Valve Cornet

Isaac Fiske (American, Holden, Massachusetts 1820–1894 Worcester)
ca. 1875
Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Nickel silver
Height (Without shanks or mouthpiece): 12 3/8 in. (31.5 cm)
Aerophone-Lip Vibrated-horn
Credit Line:
Funds from various donors, 1983
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 680
Rotary valves with piston action (1866 patent) and string linkage. This instrument features a special arrangement of the valves, which are improved according to the patents of 1868 and 1872. The short shank gives B-flat (high pitch), the long shank B-flat (low pitch), and the crook A.
Marking: Isaac Fiske/Maker/Worcester Mass/Patented/Oct.30.1866. Nov.12.1867/Feb. 11.1868 Sept. 23/73. on bell
Our Tuneful Heritage: American Musical Instruments from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exhibition catalogue., Brigham Young University. Provo, Utah, 1994, pg. 75, fig. 48, ill.

A Checklist of American Musical Instruments. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, pg. 36.

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