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Miniature horn
  • Miniature horn
  • Attributed to Ernst Johann Conrad Haas
  • Nuremberg, Germany
  • 2nd half of 18th century
  • Silver and gold, gilt
  • Length: 15.8 cm
    Weight: 0.175 kg
  • Inscription: 'MACHT · IOHANN · WILHELM · HAAS · IN · NURNBER(G)' Engraved
    Maker's mark: 'I.W.H.' above a running hare
  • A1334
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
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  • Small bugle or trumpet, of silver, coiled, with bell-shaped mouth; around the latter is applied a band of silver gilt bearing cherubs' heads in relief, the outer edge chiselled with a wreath, the inner with cockle-shells and engraved with the maker's signature:

    MACHT · IOHANN · WILHELM · HAAS · IN · NURNBER[G]

    with his initials I.W.H. above a running hare engraved in allusion to his name. It is fitted with a mouthpiece and two rings for suspension. The inside of the bugle and the mouthpiece are washed with gold.

    German (Nuremberg), second half of the 18th century.

    A. Baines, European and American Musical Instruments, 1966, p.129, fig. 714.

    By the same hand as the trumpet, A1333. Haas, who was a maker of trumpets in Nuremberg, is believed to have died in 1687 (Rosenberg, Goldschmiedemerkzeichen, no. 4012). Other trumpets by him are in the Kunstgewerbe Museum at Basel (dated 1682), and one was sold by Heberle, Cologne in 1893.

    For a note on the form of the engraved hare see under A1333. A rather similar horn was lent to the Victorian and Albert Museum in the 1860s by the dealer A. Barker (photo. no. 3828 in the Museum Guard Books).