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This instrument was presented to Charles Wilson by W. Foster White in July 1851. It is a cornet made of silver-plated brass, having three top-sprung piston valves, with horizontal screw going through valve casings, and cork bumpers. There is a silver plated mouthpiece and a B-flat bit. Nominal pitch: B-flat.

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  • Inscriptions:Stamped on bell: [FB monogram] / BESSON / Breveté / 7 RUE DES / 3 COURONNES / A PARIS. / Presented to Charles Wilson by W. Foster White, / July, 1851.|Stamped on mechanisms: 13 14 15|Stamped on mouthpiece receiver: 3|Stamped on bit : Bb (and) 3
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:423.232.11 Valve horns with narrow bore, with short air column (less than 2 m)
  • Repository:Museum of Army Music
  • Measurements:Length: 350mm; Height: 185mm; Bell diameter: 125mm; Sounding length: 1245mm; Tuning bit: 88mm