List of surviving W. Brown & Sons brass instruments

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This list includes instruments which are in one of the following categories:

  1. in a permanent museum collection
  2. mentioned in a publication such as an exhibition or auction catalogue
  3. one of the authors (John Humphries and Arnold Myers) has examined the item
  4. details have been communicated by a private collector
Thus some of the data about technical details and inscriptions has been recorded at first hand, and some is taken from correspondence or publications. Serial numbers are given {in braces}. Dates given in bold are derived from specific inscriptions or documentary sources, other dates are derived from the biographical material presented in the article, W. Brown & Sons: A Nearly Forgotten Name in British Brass Making. Live links to other websites are given for some instruments.

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Before 1911 or probably before 1911

{No serial number} [ 1883-1911 ] Trumpet in F. Marked on bell: “W. BROWN & SONS / Makers / 2 TRACEY STREET / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON”; top valve caps marked “1”,“ ”2, “3”. [ Joe Utley collection 399; National Music Museum, The University of South Dakota, 7163 ]

{No serial number} [ 1883-1911 ] Aida trumpet with E♭, D, B♭, A and A♭ shanks. “W. BROWN & SONS / Makers / 2 TRACEY STREET / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON”. [ Private collection U.K.; on loan to Royal College of Music, London ]

{No serial number} [ 1883-1911 ] Euphonium, 4 valves, silver-plated. Marked “Class A / W. BROWN & SONS / Makers / 2 TRACEY STREET / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON”. [ The Henry Meredith Collection, Ontario, Canada ]

{No serial number} [ 1883-1911 ] Soprano trombone. “W. Brown & Sons, 2, Tracey Street, Kennington Road, London. Class A”. [ Sold on eBay 30.8.06 ]

{No serial number} [ 1883-1911 ] Long trumpet in B♭, 3 Périnet valves. “W. BROWN & SONS / Makers / 2 TRACEY STREET / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON”; top valve caps marked “1”,“ ”2, “3”. [ Private collection, U.K. ]
[ John Webb; Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 453 ]

{No serial number} [ 1883-1911 ] Bass trombone in G, silver-plated. “W. BROWN & SONS / Makers / 2 TRACEY STREET / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON”. [ Private collection, U.K. ]

{62} [ 1883-1911 ] French horn, plain brass, 3 Périnet valves, detachable sauterelle. Inscribed on garland “W. BROWN & SONS, 2 TRACEY STREET, KENNINGTON RD, LONDON / No. 62”. [ Paul Farr, Norway ]

{159) [ 1883-1911 ] French horn, plain brass, 3 Périnet valves, detachable sauterelle. Inscribed on garland “W. BROWN & SONS, 2 TRACEY STREET, KENNINGTON ROAD, LONDON / No. 159”; inscribed on 2nd valve “W. BROWN & SONS / MAKERS / LONDON”. [ Paul Farr, Norway ]

{193) [ 1883-1911 ] French horn, 3 Périnet valves, detachable sauterelle. Inscribed on garland “W. BROWN & SONS, 2 TRACEY STREET, KENNINGTON ROAD, LONDON / No.193”; inscribed on 2nd valve “W. BROWN & SONS / MAKERS / LONDON”. [ Private collection, U.K. ]

{199} [ 1883-1911 ] French horn, silver-plated, 3 Périnet valves, fixed valve section. Inscribed on garland “W. BROWN & SONS, 2 TRACEY STREET, KENNINGTON ROAD, LONDON / No.199”. [ Private collection, U.K. ]

{204} [ 1883-1911 ] French horn, plain brass, 3 Périnet valves, detachable sauterelle made at 2, Tracey Street. Makers name inscribed on short garland which only covered a quarter of the circumference of the bell. [ Sold by Paxman Musical Instruments, 2005, now in Japan ]

{207} [ 1883-1911 ] French horn, plain brass, 3 Périnet valves, detachable sauterelle. Inscribed on garland “W. BROWN & SONS, 2 TRACEY STREET, KENNINGTON ROAD, LONDON / NO. 207”. [ Sold by Paxman Musical Instruments, 2008, now in Taiwan ]

{301} [1883-1911] French horn, plain brass, 3 Périnet valves, fixed valve section. Inscribed on garland “W. BROWN & SONS MAKERS 2 TRACEY STREET KENNINGTON ROAD LONDON / No 301”. [ Dick Oldfield, Oundle ]

{377} [ 1883-1911 ] French horn, silver-plated, 3 Périnet valves with F crook. Inscribed on garland “W. BROWN & SONS MAKERS 2 TRACEY STREET KENNINGTON ROAD LONDON / No. 377”; F crook marked “Fa”. [ The Henry Meredith Collection, Ontario, Canada ]

{545} [ 1883-1911 ] French horn, plain brass, 3 Périnet valves, detachable sauterelle. Inscribed on garland “W. BROWN & SONS. MAKERS. 2 TRACEY STREET. KENNINGTON ROAD, LONDON / No 545”; = inscribed on 2nd valve: “W. BROWN & SONS / MAKERS / LONDON”. [ Private collection, France ]

{599} [ 1883-1911 ] French horn, plain brass, 3 Périnet valves, detachable sauterelle. Inscribed on garland “W. BROWN & SONS, 2 TRACEY STREET, KENNINGTON ROAD, LONDON / NO. 599”; inscribed on 2nd valve: “W. BROWN & SONS / MAKERS / LONDON”. [ Martin Prowse, U.K. ]

{720} [ 1883-1911 ] Pocket cornet, silver-plated. Built in the key of C, with a very long alternative tuning slide for low pitch B♭. Inscribed on bell “BROWN & SONS / MAKERS / 2 TRACEY STREET KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON S.E.”; on alternative longer tuning-slide “L.P.”; scratched inside valve caps “I”. “II”, “III”; stamped inside 3rd valve cap “720”. [ Nick DeCarlis, Florida U.S.A. ]

{1006} [1911-1952] French horn, 3 Périnet valves, detachable sauterelle. Inscribed on garland “W. BROWN & SONS, 323 KENNINGTON ROAD, LONDON / 1006”. [ Sold by Halstead Music, December 2008 ]

{1019} [ 1911-1952 ] French horn, 3 Périnet valves, detachable sauterelle, made at 323, Kennington Road, London. [ Private collection, U.K. ]

{4320} [ 1883-1911 ] Echo cornet. silver-plated. “IMPROVED VALVES / W. BROWN & SONS / Makers / 2 TRACEY STREET / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON”; inside 3rd valve cap stamped “4320”; Inside 4th (echo) valve cap stamped “2580”. [ Nick De Carlis, Florida U.S.A. ]

{4635} [ 1883-1911 ] Cornet, silver-plated, Courtois Arbuckle model copy. “IMPROVED VALVES / W. BROWN & SONS / Makers / 2 TRACEY STREET / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON”; inside 3rd valve cap stamped “4635”; valve cases marked “1”, “2”, “3”; valve stem housings stamped “1”, “2”, “3”. [ Private collection, U.K. ]

{5960} [ 1883-1911 ] Cornet, silver-plated, Courtois Arbuckle model copy. “IMPROVED VALVES / W. BROWN & SONS / Makers / 2 TRACEY STREET / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON” inside 3rd valve cap stamped “5960”; valve stem housings stamped “1”, “2”, “3”. [ Private collection, U.K. ]

{6097} [ 1883-1911 ] Cornet, silver-plated, Courtois Arbuckle model copy with semitone change rotary valve on main tuning slide. “Class A / IMPROVED VALVES / W. BROWN & SONS / Makers / 2 TRACEY STREET / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON”; inside 3rd valve cap stamped “6097”; valve stem housings stamped “1”, “2”, “3”. [ Private collection, U.K. ]

{8077} [ 1883-1911 ] {Echo cornet. “Class A / IMPROVED VALVES / W. BROWN & SONS / Makers / 2 TRACEY STREET / KENNINGTON / LONDON”. [ Bate Collection, University of Oxford ]

After 1911 or probably after 1911

{10108) Cornet, silver-plated, Courtois Arbuckle model. “Class A / IMPROVED VALVES / W. BROWN & SONS / Makers / KENNINGTON / LONDON”; inside 3rd valve cap stamped “10108”. [ Private collection, U.K. ]

{10267} Cornet. Marked “Class A / IMPROVED VALVES / W. BROWN & SONS / Makers / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON”. [ Private collection, U.K. ]

{11790} Tenor horn. Marked “W. BROWN & SONS / KENNINGTON RD / LONDON / 11790”. [ Seen on eBay ]

{15544} Tenor horn. Marked “Class A / W. BROWN & SONS / BAND INSTRUMENT MANUFACTURERS / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON /15544”; also marked “3182 Church Army”. [ Seen on eBay, now listed on Horn-u-copia site as no. 1393 ]

{15994] Tenor horn, silver-plated. “Class A / W. BROWN & SONS / BAND / INSTRUMENT / MANUFACTURERS / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON / 15994”. [ Seen on eBay, 6.10.08 ]

{16240} Cornet. Inscribed “THE / BRILLIANTONE / CLASS A / BROWN & SONS / BAND / INSTRUMENT / MANUFACTURERS / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON / 16240.” [ Private collection, U.K. ]

{16314} Trumpet, silver-plated. Inscribed on bell “Class A / W. BROWN & SONS / Makers / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON / 16314”. [ Private collection, U.K. ]

{16416} Tenor trombone, silver-plated. Inscribed on bell “Class A / W. BROWN & SONS / BAND / INSTRUMENT / MANUFACTURERS / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON / 16416”. [ John Humphries collection ]

{16432} [ 1928 ] Cornet, gold-plated. Inscribed “THE / BRILLIANTONE / BROWN & SONS / BAND / INSTRUMENT / MANUFACTURERS / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON / 16432. / PRESENTED BY THE MANAGEMENT / CRYSTAL PALACE” and dated “1928”. [ Won by Billy James, Carlisle St Stephen's Band; later the property of Ifor James; now private collection, Germany ]

{16513} Soprano trombone, silver-plated. Inscribed on bell “W. BROWN & SONS / ... / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON / 16513”. [ Private collection ]

{16522} Trumpet, with quick-change valve. [ Private collection, U.K. ]

{16545} French horn, 3 Périnet valves. On bell throat “Class A / W. BROWN & SONS / Makers / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON / 16545”. [ Paul Kampen, U.K. ]

{16669} Trumpet in C. Inscribed on bell “Class A / W. BROWN & SONS / Makers / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON / 16669”; on side of 1st valve casing “36”, and on side of 3rd valve casing “34”. [ Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments (2777) ]

{16805} Trumpet in B♭ wth quick-change valve for A. On bell throat “Class A / W. BROWN & SONS / Makers / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON / 16805”. [ Private collection, U.K. ]

{16869} Trumpet 'A Silver Plated Left Handed Four Pitch Trumpet by W. Brown & Sons, London, Class A'. [ Tennants Auctioneers catalogue ]

{16886} Trumpet in Bb.A; gold-plated. Inscribed on bell “THE NEW / Radio / O.K. 27. / Class A / W. BROWN & SONS / Makers / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON / 16886”; = on side of valve casings “1”, “2”, “3”. [ Private collection, Germany ]

{16987} [ 1929 ] Cornet, gold-plated. Inscribed on bell “BRITISH / MANUFACTURE / Class A / W. BROWN & SONS / Makers / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON / 16987” and “PRESENTED BY / THE MAKERS / CRYSTAL PALACE / 1929”; on valve bottom caps 1 & 3 “1” & “3” respectively. [ Presented to William Crozier at Crystal Palace, SCWS Band Glasgow; later the property of Willie Barr; now Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments (5776) ]

{17137} Cornet. “Incomparable / Class A / W. BROWN & SONS / ... / 17531”. [ Private collection, U.K. ]

{17531} Cornet, silver-plated, Besson Desideratum copy. “Incomparable / BRITISH MANUFACTURE / Class A / W. BROWN & SONS / Makers / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON / 17531”. [ Seen on eBay ]

{27177} Euphonium, 4 Périnet valves, silver-plated. “Class A / W. BROWN & SONS / BAND / INSTRUMENT / MANUFACTURERS / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON 27177”; 1st valve marked “4”; 2nd valve marked “5 / 6;” 3rd valve marked “6”; 4th valve marked on one side “18”, on other “HAWKES & SON / LONDON / 4”. [ Private collection, U.K. ]

{No serial number} Cornet, Besson Desideratum copy. Marked “CHURCH / ARMY / BAND / 4071 / W. BROWN & SONS / BAND / INSTRUMENT / MANUFACTURERS / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON”; valve casings marked “49”, “50 / 12”, “51”; stem housings marked “49”, “50”, “51”. [ Private collection, U.K. ]

{No serial number} Cornet, Besson Desideratum copy. Marked “CHURCH / ARMY / BAND / 4073 / W. BROWN & SONS / BAND / INSTRUMENT / MANUFACTURERS / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON”; valve casings marked “85”, “86/12”, “87”; stem housings marked “85”, “86”, “87”. [ Private collection, U.K. ]

{No serial number} Cornet. Marked “Class A / IMPROVED VALVES / W. BROWN & SONS / Makers / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON”; spring stems stamped “1”, “2”, “3”. [ National Music Museum, The University of South Dakota ]

{No serial number} Trumpet in B♭ with rotary change to A, silver-plated. Bell marked “W. BROWN & SONS / BAND / INSTRUMENT / MANUFACTURERS / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON”; valves marked “73”, “2”, “75”. [ Private collection, U.K. ]

{No serial number} Trumpet in B♭ with rotary change to A, silver-plated. Inscribed on bell “W. BROWN AND SONS / BAND / INSTRUMENT / MANUFACTURERS / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON”; = valves marked “113”, “114/2”, “115”. [ Private collection, Germany ]

{No serial number} French horn, 3 Périnet valves. On bell throat “W. BROWN AND SONS / BAND / INSTRUMENT / MANUFACTURERS / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON”; valves marked “25”, “26/13”, “27”. [ Paul Kampen, U.K. ]

{No serial number} Trombone, silver-plated. Marked on bell “Class A / W. BROWN & SONS / BAND / INSTRUMENT / MANUFACTURERS / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON”. [ Private collection, U.K. ]

{No serial number} Trombone, silver-plated. Marked on bell “W. BROWN & SONS / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON”.
[ Bell only, auction on eBay ends 2009/Apr/13 22:46:28 BST ]

{No serial number} E♭ tuba, 3 Périnet valves. “W. BROWN & SONS / BAND / INSTRUMENT / MANUFACTURERS / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON”; valves marked “76”, “77” / “7”, “78”. [ John Humphries collection ]

{No serial number} Posthorn in A♭, silver-plated. Marked “W. BROWN & SONS / LONDON.”. [ Henry Meredith Collection, Ontario, Canada ]

{No serial number} Posthorn. Marked “W. BROWN & SONS / BAND / INSTRUMENT / MANUFACTURERS / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON”. [ Sold on eBay, 25.9.06 ]

{No serial number} 'Posthorn by W. Brown & Sons London, in original case'. [ Website: Kent Auction Galleries, Folkestone, seen 13.10.07 ]

{No serial number} Aida trumpet, 3 Périnet valves. [ Kunitachi School of Music, Japan, 2076 ]

{No serial number} Aida trumpet, 3 Périnet valves. [ Kunitachi School of Music, Japan, 2077 ]

{No serial number} Military drum. [ Seen on eBay ]

References

John Humphries, 'W. Brown & Sons: A Nearly Forgotten Name in British Brass Making', Historic Brass Society Journal (ISSN 1045-4616), 2006, 18, pp.1-15.


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