Courtois Koenig's Model Cornets, 1850s
Antoine Courtois had the advantage of being born into a brass instrument making family and he went on to become the most successful and innovative member. He established his workshop in 1844 and soon became a specialist in cornets a pistons that were popular with soloists including Koenig, Arban, Levy and Arbuckle among many others. The original Koenig's model was built with Stoelzel valves (usually called "cornopean" in English) and then with Perinet valves as in this example by 1855. Matthew Arbuckle was greatly influenced by Koenig when he heard him play in Boston in the 1860s and eventually switched from his previously favorite Fiske cornet to one made by Courtois.
This particular cornet had obviously had a very hard life and restoration work was extensive. Several parts had to be made including crooks and the waterkey. It was then silverplated. The last photo below shows another variation of the Koenig's Model Courtois cornet. This became the pattern for the Levy's and Arbuckle's models and copies made by many other makers for decades to come. This example retains it's original silver plating, shanks and crooks. Both of these cornets are in the collection of Tom Meacham.