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Jagdhorn in G

Jacob Schmidt (German, Nürnberg 1642–1720)
ca. 1710–20
Nürnberg, Germany
Height (perpendicular to bell): 18 7/8 in. (47.9 cm)
Diameter (of bell): 9 1/8 in. (23.1 cm)
Aerophone-Lip Vibrated-horn
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
Not on view
Jacob Schmid (1642–1720) was the founder of a trumpet-making workshop in Nuremberg, which flourished under his son Johann Jacob and grandson Paulus for about a century. So far, six instruments by Jacob Schmid are known to have survived, one natural trumpet, two trombones, and three horns, of which two are in the Museum's collection. The present horn is in original condition and marked with the inscription "MACHT IACOB SCHMIDT IN NURNBERG" and the master's sign, a bird with the monogram JS. The instrument, pitched in A-flat, is furnished with a metal ring for a leather strap and decorated with cast game animals applied to the garland. Both features indicate that the instrument was designed as a hunting horn and/or as a horn to be used in a Jagdcorps (hunting choir), where it was played with oboes and bassoons. Horns of this kind and with a large 1-1/2 coil, came into fashion around 1680 in the regal hunt. About 1700, horns began to be included in opera and concert orchestras and were built in a slightly different way. From this time onward, horns were usually built in lower pitches than C and furnished with larger bells, following the trend toward a softer and mellower sound. Schmid's horn clearly follows this new trend.
#9307. Jagdhorn in G
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Marking: (engraved on bell rim) - [drawing of brid with initials J.S.]/MACHT JACOB SCHMIDT IN NURNBERG
William H. Riggs ; Dresden Waffensammlung
Jayson Kerr Dobney, Bradley Strauchen-Scherer. Musical Instruments: Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. First Printing. @2015 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. New York, 2015, pp. 84-85, ill.

"The Brass Instrument Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York." Historic Brass Society Journal (1999), vol. 11, pg. 118.

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