Antique brass instrument collection

Distin Bugle 1

 

 

Bugle in Bb

Made 1868c by:

DISTIN & Co.

MAKERS

9 & 10 GT NEWPORT ST

LONDON

20295

Henry Distin’s brass instrument manufacturing company made hundreds of bugles for the military which used them for relaying signals.

 The bugle is a conical bore brass (and copper) instrument pitched in various keys and limited to the notes of the harmonic series. It was introduced to Britain around 1760.

 

 

 

Distin Cornet 1860 0

Cornet in Bb with crooks to A, Ab & G.

Made in 1860c by:

HENRY DISTIN

LONDON

9 Gt NEWPORT ST

Interesting features are the S-shape of the lead-pipe, the two Stölzel valves with a central Périnet valve, and the pearl inlay.

The decorative mouthpiece is also made by Distin.

 

 

                   

Distin Cornet 1851c 1

Cornet in Bb with crooks to A, Ab & G

Périnet valves

Made 1850c in Paris and imported by Henry Distin.

 PARIS MAKE IMPORTED

By

HENRY DISTIN

MILITARY INSTRUMENT

MAKER

31 CRANBOURN ST

LONDON

 

 

 

 

 

Baby horn 01

 Ventil horn/ upright cornet

(with three Périnet valves. Pitched in C with crook to Bb)

Made  1860c

The initials J. P. are roughly stamped on the mouth-pipe. (J. Pepper or John Pask?)

It could possibly be a member of the ventil horn family promoted by the Distins in 1848

February 15th 1848 Distin Family performance at Drury Lane:

‘Distins Patent Sax Horns, as used by themselves, to be had only at their Repository, 31, Cranbourn Street.

A case of new Besson Cornets just arrived. Distin’s new Ventil Cornet requires no crooks: the real Courtois, eight guineas.’[1]

The Distin Ventil Horn Union was active as a performing group for

several years around 1858.

 

 

HENRY DISTIN’S VENTIL HORN UNION

 Possible identification

Back Row: Kurutz/Saunders/Krill/Davies/Taylor/Distin

Front row: West/Duhame/ Prospère

Ventil horns were made in a range of sizes and pitches in an attempt to replace saxhorns in brass bands.

1860 Distin ventil horn Union

 Distin Cornopean

Cornopean

made by Henry Distin in 1862c.

With three Stölzel valves and pitched in Bb

Stamped:

HY DISTIN

9 & 10 GT NEWPORT ST

LEICESTER SQUARE

LONDON

With (possibly the original) case, mouthpiece, and crooks – A, Ab, G.

Bought from dealer Phillip Thorp philsmusic7@gmail.com

Renovations made by Larry Sinclair of South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE346NE

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] The Times February 9th & 11th 1848 p1.