BESSON hand horn

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A lovely Besson hand horn conversion with 2 crooks.

Its outer bell flare is stamped or engraved:

"[Illegible scroll]
[Florid 'B']
Besson & Co
198 Euston Road

The Besson factory, London, employed 131 workers in 1894, producing 100 brass instruments a week; 10,000 musical ensembles appeared on their contract lists.

   This particular horn was almost certainly made pre-1900, and has been part of the instrument collection of its present owner for 50 years. When he bought it, its 3 piston valves were so worn that they were beyond repair. The early 20th century brass repair firm of  ‘Lawback’, in Camden Town, converted it to a very good hand horn. Together with its original F crook, it now comes with a modern reproduction Eb crook, hand-made in traditional fashion on an authentic tapered steel mandrel, by Luke Woodhead.

 There is no case with this horn.

NB This hand horn is currently located with its owner in Barkway, Hertfordshire. Contact details can be provided on request.


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BESSON hand horn