ANTIQUE EARLY BUGLE POSSIBLE SALESMAN SAMPLE INDIANAPOLIS INDIANA IN LONDON MAKE

An original bugle measuring approximately 10 5/8 inches. Description of bugle and sales agent below. Thanks for looking.

Courtesy of wwwdottapsbuglerdotcom and Chris Nelson:

Bugle in this article: Length 11 in., Bell diameter 4 in.

This is a double twist bugle in B Flat that has been referred incorrectly to as a M1855, although the British call it a Duty Bugle. These bugles were introduced in England in 1855 or 1858 but the model they are based on can be traced back to 1810. This has been the regulation bugle for all British military services for over 150 years. One thing to say about the British – they certainly maintain tradition. Although the British have also used trumpets in E Flat, the bugle is the standard signaling horn. These instruments can be easily identified when compared to a cheaper made reproduction (see “Gunga Din” Bugle, below). The originals are made of a heavier gauge metal and many have British manufacturing markings such as Distin, Hawkes & Son, Potter & Co, Boosey & Hawkes and Besson.

These bugles have NEVER been a “regulation” bugle in the United States military. There is no record of any contract for a so-called M1855 British Duty Bugle for US use during the Civil War and no specification for its construction in any US Quartermaster record. Unfortunately, they remain mislabeled
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