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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 dated bugles.    

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.  SOLD



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