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Boosey & Co. • no. 20427 / 21088 • 1877

This Bb pocket has evidently been overhauled, and had a few patches. I was able to clean up some of the work, and eliminate some of the patches.  It plays fairly well in its present condition, although I foresee a valve overhaul.  Designed to play in Bb or A (high pitch), each valve slide is marked “Bb” on one ferrule, with an inscribed line on the adjacent inner tube marked “A.”

This model appears to have been designed by Distin prior to the Boosey buyout, so one might assume that several later pocket designs were copies of this model, including those made by Higham, Missenharter, Hawkes and even Conn. The Distin, Philadelphia catalog of 1877 shows it as the “Model 23”, and claims that Henry originally designed it in 1867.

Length (shank removed): 8.25”

Bell Diameter: 3.75”

Bore: .450

Illustration of the Miniature Cornet from the 1883 Boosey catalog.

The Henry Distin Model 23 Pocket cornet, as shown in the Distin (Philadelphia) catalog of 1887.  Note the caption’s claim that the design dates back to 1867.

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