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

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
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
Marking: (Engraved on bell garland): [running hare]/ I. WILH. HAAS. in Nurnberg
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Hosted by Laurence Libin in Lend Us Your Ears: A Series of Twelve Radio Programs. CD. Recording., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1978.

Written by, Honorary Editor Eric Halfpenny. "The Trumpets of J W Haas: A survey of four generations of Nuremberg brass instrument makers." The Galpin Society Journal (1965), vol. XVIII, pg. 36.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1904, vol. I, pg. 181.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments of All Nations: I. Europe, Galleries 25 and 26, Central Cases of Galleries 27 and 28. Catalogue., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, vol. 13, pg. 181-182.