Cornet in B - flat, high pitch. Brass. Three Périnet piston valves. Water key. Socket for music card holder on third valve loop. Mouthpiece and shank missing. Stamp on bell reads: "SOLBRON"/(REGISTERED)/CLASS A/BOOSEY/LIGHT VALVE/BOOSEY & Co./MAKERS . LONDON/105967/Guaranteed/British Made/Throughout; The numbers 41 and 81318 separated by the emblem of a historic trumpet are stamped on the casing and cap of the second valve. The number 42 is stamped on the casing and cap of the third valve. The word PATENT is stamped on upper valve cap of all three valves.

The time, money and manpower required for each instrument made by Boosey was recorded in detail in the company's workshop order books. This cornet was one of 24 ordered from the factory on the 14th of September 1919. The valve pistons and casings were already available, having been completed four days earlier by a workman named Rockaerts. On the third of October, the assembled instrument was polished by H. Bailey. The valves were fitted by S. Bloomfield on the 21st, and the instrument was completed on the 5th of November. The construction of the 24 instruments required 146.5 man-hours and incurred a total wage bill of 12 pounds, four shillings and two pence.

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