Natural Trumpet

Johann Wilhelm Haas German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 684

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

Natural Trumpet, Johann Wilhelm Haas (German, Nuremberg 1649–1723 Nuremberg), Brass, German

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