Wood & Ivy Cornopean


Mostly known for supplying woodwind instruments, Wood & Ivy were only in business between 1837 and 1847.  Located in London, they probably sold mostly imported merchandise.  The engraving on the bell indicates that this cornet was sold through another dealer, Townsend in Manchester.  This early English style cornet or cornopean was probably made in Germany.  It is a very good copy of the models that were popular in England at that time with three Stölzel piston valves and "clapper key" which was used for trills.  It plays in Bb with the mouthpiece inserted directly into the mouthpipe and has crooks for Ab, G, F, E and Eb.  It is missing the original A shank.  It is well preserved with original case, dust caps which cover the finger buttons and mouthpiece with Sterling silver overlay.  When I received it the case contained a second Sterling overlay mouthpeice that appears to be for a keyed bugle.

It is made of brass with German silver trim.  It is 10 1/8" long with mouthpiece removed, the bell diameter is 4 7/8" and the bore measures .450".  History of Wood and Ivy and Townsend from William Waterhouse, The New Langwill Index, Tony Bingham, 1993.