Civil War Cavalry Trumpet In “G” – SOLD

Nearly identical to the one carried by Gustave Schurmann, General Philip Kearny’s bugler, and permanent orderly.

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Civil War Cavalry Trumpet In “G.”

This Civil War period piece has only one stamping identifying it a trumpet in “G.”  Made in brass, and never had silver plating as some other examples I have found in my research.  The trumpet, or bugle, looks to be 100 percent correct. The mouthpiece fits tightly and exhibits the same patina as the rest of brass. The double coiled tube is about 15 inches to the bell.  Overall measure is 17 inches, and was a bit longer, as the bell ( measuring 4 3/4″) has been pushed back some, causing the bell cover to buckle some.  The small connecting loop extending down from the bell tube, has come loose from the lower coil.

A few dings and small dents appear over the surface, but nothing overly detracting from the appearance.

The only marking is found on a connecting tube between coils, on the one closest to the mouth piece, and stamped, “G” on a brass plate.

Historically, this type of bugle or trumpet was used by Gustave Schurmann, a young drummer in the 40th New York Volunteers, until he was chosen as General Philip Kearny’s orderly of the day; Kearny then presented him with a trumpet in “G”, and a horse to accompany the staff. Schurmann’s legs barely could straddle over the saddle, yet his determination was great, and General Kearny was truly impressed enough to reward the young musician the honor of being his permanent orderly.  Schurmann was with the general the day he was killed at the Battle of Chantilly, Va. in 1862.

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Additional information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 18 × 14 × 10 in