Trumpet/Gold plated trumpet

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I have a gold plated trumpet that my mother gave me. I believe she got it from her grandfather or great grandfather. Could you tell me how old it is and what the value of something like this is? It says Pat.June 15.1886 and there are the numbers 24051 on it.

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Impossible to say with the information you've given. I would need to know who made it and possibly the model. There is almost always some engraving on top of the bell with the manufacturer's name, where it was made, and sometimes a model name or number. The 24051 is probably the serial number; sometimes there are listings that match the serial number to date, sometimes not.

If you can give me the additional information, I should be able to tell you something more useful. It does sound like a very old instrument to have that patent date on it.  

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Thomas Krueger

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I can answer your questions about Buescher trumpets and cornets. I have been playing Buescher for 35 years and collecting for 7.

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I first started playing my grandfather's Buescher 400 trumpet in 1975. Since then I have done a lot of research, including original catalogs and advertisements that I own, correspondence with other Buescher owners, and obtaining my own Buescher collection, including six trumpets and three cornets.

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I am a technical writer with 15 years experience. I have also been playing trumpet since 1975 and collecting Buescher for the past 7 years.

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