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Tenor Bugle in B-flat

Josef Serpek (Austrian, fl. 1862–?)
ca. 1862
Brass, nickel-silver
Height: 26 15/16in. (68.4 cm) Diameter (Of bell): 7 11/16 in. (19.6 cm) Weight: 2.2 lbs. (997.913 g)
Aerophone-Lip Vibrated-horn
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 680
Although Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown purchased this instrument from Leopoldo Franciolini, who has become infamous for selling forged and fantastical instruments, there is no reason to assume that this instrument is a fake. Instead, its fanciful configuration suggests that it was made for use in a carnival parade or historical pagentry event.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1904, vol. I, pg. 183.

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.

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