Tenor cor or mellophone with three Périnet valves, two mouthpieces, a straight shank, four valve slides and a cloth bag for storage.

The tenor cor was an instrument made for band use, and designed to resemble the orchestral horn in shape and appearance. The overall tube length of the tenor cor is half that of the horn, making it a more secure instrument to play in the middle and upper register, but limiting its overall range, particularly in the low registers. The tenor cor was a particularly popular instrument in military bands during the late 19th and first half of the 20th century. The Gisbourne firm was established in Birmingham c. 1839 and produced instruments until around 1913. Instruments were stamped with Alfred Hall Gisborne’s name from 1894 onwards.

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