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Trumpet
  • Trumpet
  • Attributed to Ernst Johann Conrad Haas
  • Nuremberg, Germany
  • 2nd half of 18th century
  • Copper alloy, silk and thread, embossed
  • Length: 70.5 cm
    Weight: 0.825 kg
  • Inscription: 'IOHANN . WILHELM . HAAS . IN . NURNBERG'
    Maker's mark: 'I.W.H.' above an engraved hare
  • A1333
  • European Armoury III
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  • Trumpet, of brass, coiled longitudinally in parallel, with bell-shaped mouth around which there is applied a bell-garland bearing four heads of winged cherubs in relief; the outer edge is chiselled with a narrow border of conventional fruit and foliage, the inner escalloped and embossed with cockle-shells; the tube is reinforced at the joints with four cast ferrules (spirally fluted and bounded by ornamental collars), and in the middle one large collare is decorated with human heads and foliage in relief; turned mouthpiece. The wooden spacing block is missing.

    A cord and tassels of coloured silk and gold thread are attached; there is a ring at either end of the coil. The trumpet has been broken in several places and repaired; a short length of tube flattened at both ends, whch may have been used as a reed, is attached (in place of the wooden spacing block). On the bell is engraved the inscription:

    IOHANN . WILHELM . HAAS . IN . NURNBERG
    with the initials I.W.H. above the engraved figure of a hare.

    German (Nuremberg), second half of the eighteenth century. A. Baines, European and American Musical Instruments, 1966, p. 137 and fig. 740; E. Halfpenny, ‘Musical Instruments’, Apollo, CV, 1977, pp. 446-51, figs. 9-10.

    Provenance:
    1962; E. Lemer (?) (Une Corne, 80 fr.; receipted bill, 11 September, 1869); Comte de Nieuwerkerke. This may refer equally well to A1334 or A1332.

    1986; the word 'corne' cannot mean 'trumpet', so Lemer's bill quoted in the 1962 Catalogue cannot apply to No. A1333. The form of the engraved hare above the signature, with hind legs fully extended backwards and the head turned to the rear, is that attributed to Ernst Jogann Conrad Haas (1723-92) by D. Smithers, Galpin Society Jorunal, 1964-5, p.33.

    The small silver bugle A1334 is also by Haas.