Civil War Era Fife Marked “Horstmann” SOLD

Made of ebony wood and brass fittings.


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Drums and fifes were the principle instruments played by military field musicians in the 19th century and earlier, other than the ever present bugle that made its permanent appearance in 1835.

This Civil War era fife was sold through the William Horstmann Co. of Philadelphia and is stamped in the ebony wood below the embouchure hole (I had to look that on up, just plain hole didn’t seem to work). Each end has mounted brass pipe fittings to protect the wood from splitting and give the fife a more decorative appearance.

The overall length is 15 1/8 inches; and the condition is fine.  Most fifes encountered are usually found unmarked.  BEWARE of spurious marked examples bearing unit markings.

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