1st Class


London & Paris

San Francisco

American Institute

Ch. Missenharter

Manf'r New York

Missenharter Brass Instrument Factory


# 8231 Cornet

sold on E-Bay May 2011

Beautifully carved with gold in original case.


As stated on E-bay.

Medaille 1st Class
London& Paris
San Francisco
American Institute
Ch. Missenharter
New York

About this Specimen:
From the Research I have found, this cornet appears to be from the mid to late 1880s.
On the Mouthpieces are written: P. Thomsen Pat. June 7.81-Imp. May 2.83; J. W. Pepper. Agt. Phila.; Missenarter N.Y.
Original case included: 14 x 8.5 x 5.5 inches

History of Charles Missenharter:
Karl Moritz Missenharter was born, married, started a family and began working with his father, Joseph Anton Missenharter in his brass instrument fabrication shop in Ulm Germany. He came to the United States in 1869 to start his own factroy, the Missenharter Brass Instrument Factory in New York, USA. He is listed sometimes in older listings as M. Missenharter.
Charles built his company, won many awards and medals and created many brass instruments that are still around today. He produced Trumpets, Cornets, Tubas, Trombone, French Horns Euphoniums, Fire horns, Fire whistles and the cases required for each. Many of the instruments had elaborate carvings and many decorations. He brought his son August over from Germany in 1880 to help in the business. He sold his company to Charles Coleman in 1891, Coleman kept using the Missenharter name until 1917.

Pieces included: Case, Cornet, 2 Mouth pieces, 2 extensions for the mouth piece, Matrix extension, finger ring, silencer, and music holder.
The original case is still included, was once coated in leather; inside is coated in blue velvet, resin corner of the box is stained with resin in the whole corner.
Coronet Decorated with mother of pearl on the valves and a floral pattern worked up the bell and carvings detailed in bronze or gold coating. Some Dents throughout tubing and on trumpet as pictured. No particularly major damage. Still looks like a gorgeous piece.