~Antique YORK (Grand Rapids, MI) Trumpet with gloves~
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Sold Date: 01/02/2008
Channel: Online Auction
This is a rare piece! It is not in MINT condition...having imperfections; hence, naming it an antique...which makes it a perfection!!!!OLD BRASS & VERY PRETTY DECORATIVE/DETAILED TRUMPET & PAIR OF PLAYING GLOVES FOR DISPLAY :)..........SAYS ON TOP OF THE HORN: YORK TRUMPET GRAND RAPIDS MICH USA ON THE MOUTHPIECE IT SAYS: 77 FRANK HOLTON & CO ELKHORN WIS"James Warren York was born on November 24, 1839, in Exeter, New Hampshire. He first worked for the Boston Musical Instrument Manufactory and in 1882 moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan w he first played in a music pit. He then owned his instrument manufacturing company until his retirement to California in 1917. He died in Los Angeles on February 9, 1927.
York manufactured a full line of brass instruments, both under its own name and proprietary brand names. York briefly participated in two partnerships, Smith & York (1883) and York & Holton (1885). In 1884 the company was known as J.W. York and Company. In recognition of his infant son Charles E. York, he renamed the company York & Son in 1887. York further changed the company's name to York & Sons in 1898 to include his other son, Frank W. York. Both sons were active with the company until about 1913.
In 1897, Alfred J. "Bill" Johnson became the company's foreman. In 1913, Johnson, along with John and James Duffy, formed a stockholding company, and when the York family relinquished all interest in the company in 1926, Johnson became a co-owner. The company was then known as the York Band Instrument Company. In December 1940, York was sold to Carl Fischer Musical Instruments and Johnson left the company. During World War II the company manufactured munitions. After the war, York produced student-line instruments. In 1971, Tolchin Instrument Company who then owned York, closed the factory. Proprietary rights were ultimately purchased in 1976 by Boosey & Hawkes.
They were professional models and are well thought of by collectors. I would say it would be worth the money for a refurb."
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