Over-the-Shoulder bass saxhorn in E-flat

Ernst Seltmann American

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.

Over-the-Shoulder bass saxhorn in E-flat, Ernst Seltmann (Saxony 1828–1883 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Brass, nickel-silver, American

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