US ARMY MODEL 1894 TRIPLE TWIST BUGLE – EARLY
SPECIMEN WITH NO CONTRACT NUMBER OR DATE – CORRECT FOR A
SPANISH AMERICAN WAR – WORLD WAR ONE DISPLAY:
This Model 1894 Triple Twist Bugle was manufactured
prior to the army requiring the contractors to stamp the
contract number and the date of the contract on the
bugle, indicating it was produced in the late 19TH
or early 20Th Century, certainly prior to
World War One.
Measuring 9” in length with a 3 ˝” diameter bell, these
small bugles were issued to cavalry, infantry and
artillery units during their period of use. Due to
their use during World War One, they came to be known
as “Trench Bugles”, however they were first issued to
the troops of the Spanish American War era and were
certainly in use by the time our troops landed in Cuba.
While showing use and age, this Model 1894 Bugle is
complete with the original mouthpiece and retention
chain and it will still produce music. As can be seen in
the photographs below, the bugle has a nice even
untouched patina and no attempts have been made to
polish the metal or remove the dents, leaving all
evidence of its use and age intact.
The top of the bell is stamped with the manufacturer’s
mark – “GR BAND INST[RUMENT] CO., GRAND RAPIDS, MICH”.
The Grand Rapids Instrument Company was a subsidiary of
the J.W.York Band Instrument Company of Grand Rapids.
York was a former US Army musician and founded the
company in 1882. As noted above, the absence of the
contract number and date indicate this bugle was
produced prior to the army requiring that information be
included in the maker’s stamp, indicating this is an
early production bugle – far less common than the later
This is a nice example of an early Model 1894 Bugle and
one that would display well with any grouping from the
Spanish American War through World War One.