Maker: John F. Stratton (American)
Date: ca. 1880
Geography: New York, New York, United States
Dimensions: Length: 55.8cm (21 15/16in.) Diameter of bell: 10.9cm (4 15/16in.) Diameter of bore: 1.09cm (7/16in.)
Classification: Aerophone-Lip Vibrated-horn
Credit Line: The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number: 89.4.2295
This is a typical late model over-the-shoulder horn with string action rotary valves. The instruments were used in military bands that were positioned in front of marching soldiers. The bells pointed backwards so the soldiers following the band could hear them. The instruments were common during the Civil War and were advertised by musical instrument manufacturers as late as the 1880s.