1900 Henry Pourcelle (Bruno) French Cornet. This is a nice little vintage cornet, an off-brand but a quality French import of around 1900.
The Pourcelle brand was a stenciled import of C. Perhaps a clue would be the "J" stamped on the leadpipe near the word "FRANCE". Other clues include a "C" beneath the 2 on the second valve, and at the bottom of the valve the markings "J" and P.
It is in playing condition, and complete & original in every respect. The only evidence I could find of major repair work is the bell, which was crunched in around the edge and then straightened. It was built in "high pitch" primarily but the main tuning slide has a groove in it at a point that gets it. To modern concert pitch A=440.
So it was apparently intended for the user to merely pull all the slides a little for low pitch. One of the photos shows the slides pulled to play in modern pitch.
As a player, I think it is about average for a vintage instrument of this age. The tone is a little mellower than average, a bit muffled, and the slotting is so-so.These latter qualities may be due to a little bit of valve leakage. The mouthpiece I received with the instrument is included.
It appears to be of the same vintage, and from the outer pattern, appears to be a B&F model. It's a typical deep cup "cookie cutter" of the period. Detachable tuning shank for key of B-flat. Banded tubing fittings (similar to a Boston 3-star).Nipple type bottom valve caps. Fairly large 0.465 bore. Vintage silver plated mouthpiece, fairly large cup (0.70 - about a Bach 1). 0.6" deep, small throat (0.16", about #20). Bb Henry Pourcelle "Superior" model cornet, no serial number, estimated date 1900. There is no case, and no other accessories. Brass is intact with no signs of serious corrosion. Finish is very good and with complete coverage. There is some solder staining on the 3rd valve near the water key bracket, and some general pitting of the silver plating in some places, most particularly the bell.
Some of the plating looks thin or worn through in lines inside the bell near the edge, where creases were ironed out. The 1st valve slide is a little tight for the last quarter-inch due to small dings in the outer tubing. The valves have pretty good action and hold acceptable compression using vintage valve oil. When air tested with the first valve tube plugged, there is some air leakage under moderate pressure.
I'd give them a 6 out of 10 with 5 being the point where it really starts to give you playing problems. Felts and synthetic corks are new.There are two areas of significant damage. The first is the denting on the back of the bell crook, visible in photos.
They are pretty shallow though and I doubt they affect the play at all. The second is a hairline crack along the top edge of the bell, very near where the metal curls over to reinforce the edge.
The crack is about an inch long, and not very obvious on first inspection, but you can feel it. The horn appears to be all-original and complete, missing only the two nubs on the first valve slide. The water key is a little weak. It holds closed and seals but not under a lot of pressure. The water key pads are new, synthetic type.
So I know my way around a cornet and enjoy studying their history and evolution, in addition to playing them. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about this sale or would like a closer look at anything I can photograph.
1900 Henry Pourcelle (Bruno) Superior Model French Cornet" is in sale since Saturday, January 16, 2021. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Vintage Musical Instruments\Vintage Brass\Cornets". The seller is "classicbrass" and is located in Phoenix, Arizona.This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay, Russian federation.