Military bugle in B-flat, stamped above the bell: 'HAWKES & SON/Denman Street/Piccadilly Circus/LONDON/1914'. Copper body with brass mounts, including bell garland, connecting ferule in tubing and mouthpiece receiver. Mouthpiece stamped: 'POTTER/LONDON/1'; attached with chain.
This instrument is one of a very large number of bugles that were made in London in the early years of the First World War to meet the Army's demand. The bugles were commissioned from a range of companies including Hawkes, Boosey and Besson, but the Army's strict specifications ensured that the instruments from every company were built to the same design.