This instrument is associated with the Cyfarthfa Band, one of the greatest and oldest virtuoso nineteen-century brass bands, founded in 1838 by iron magnate Robert Thompson Crawshay. It was made for the British market, probably in France, and it was imported by Dan Godfrey & Sons. It is a cornet made of entirely of brass, having three top-sprung piston valves (one missing), with nickel-silver buttons, brass disc three-pin guides inside inner casings, and cork bumpers (of these later three, only one of each remain in the complete piston). There is also a double water-key. The bell is severed. Nominal pitch: probably B-flat.
Dan Godfrey & Sons
Cyfarthfa Castle Museum
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- Hornbostel-Sachs classification:423.232.11 Valve horns with narrow bore, with short air column (less than 2 m)
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- Decorative elements:Stars embossed on knurled valve caps.
- Inscriptions:Raised silver medallion plate soldered on bell: crowned belt inscribed DAN GODFREY & SONS with central D.G monogram|Stamped on valve casings: 1 2 3
- Hornbostel-Sachs category:423.232.11 Valve horns with narrow bore, with short air column (less than 2 m)
- Repository:Cyfarthfa Castle Museum
- Measurements:Length: 313mm; Height: 145mm; Bell diameter: 121mm; Sounding length: 1090mm + 145mm (bell); Bore at shank receiver: 11.9mm