Made 1868c by:
DISTIN & Co.
9 & 10 GT NEWPORT ST
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.
Cornet in Bb with crooks to A, Ab & G.
Made in 1860c by:
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.
Cornet in Bb with crooks to A, Ab & G
Made 1850c in Paris and imported by Henry Distin.
PARIS MAKE IMPORTED
31 CRANBOURN ST
(with three Périnet valves. Pitched in C with crook to Bb)
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.’
The Distin Ventil Horn Union was active as a performing group for several years around 1858.
HENRY DISTIN’S VENTIL HORN UNION
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.
Made by Henry Distin in 1862c.
with three Stölzel valves and pitched in Bb
9 & 10 GT NEWPORT ST
With (probably the original) case, mouthpiece, and crooks – A, Ab, G
Renovations made by Larry Sinclair of South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE346NE
(Serial number: 5431)
With three Périnet valves.
Build by Henry Distin’s Musical Instrument Manufacturing Company which occupied 9, & 10 Gt. Newport Street, Leicester Square, London from 1862-1866.
The shepherd’s crook is an unusual aspect of the design. The instrument was evidently sold to the Wilhelm Hampe Music Company in Amsterdam who soldered their badge onto it.
9&10 GRt. NEWPORT St.
Restored and renovated by: Rick McQueen. Black Horse Workshop. Manchester.
9 & 10 Gt. NEWPORT St.
T. J. WAND C. F. M.
Restored by Rick McQueens Musical Instruments, Manchester
PATENT LIGHT VALVE
9 – 10 GT NEWPORT STREET
Stamped on the bell: 12034
Stamped on the valve casing: 14804
Date of manufacture: 1873c.
 The Times February 9th & 11th 1848 p1.