Bugle in C

Maker: Thomas Key (British, active London before 1805–1858)

Maker: William Trayls (silversmith)

Date: 1811

Geography: London, England, United Kingdom

Culture: British

Medium: Silver-gilt

Dimensions: Height (without mouthpiece): 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm)
Diameter (Of bell): 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)

Classification: Aerophone-Lip Vibrated

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1975

Accession Number: 1975.270a, b


Engravings on the bell indicate that the bugle was made in the year 1811 (represented by the letter Q) by the silversmith William Trayls (initials WT). Other marks represent the sterling standard (lion passant), the London Assay Office (leopard head), and the excise duty mark (sovereign's head). Also engraved on the bell is the name Major Drummond of the 104th Regiment, who presumably was the first owner of the instrument.