This ‘Dodworth Cornet’ was designed by Isaac Fiske of Worcester, Massachusetts for Harvey Dodworth in 1852. Fiske was one of the pioneers in American brass instrument development, and Dodworth was a well-known band leader and cornetist in New York.
This is a versatile instrument that could be played in the keys of Ab, Bb, C, D and Eb, just by changing the tubing and using different combinations of the the 5 rotary valves on the instrument. The unusual circular shape of this instrument was very popular in the mid-1800’s.
Circular cornet with 5 string rotary valves
Bag with two additional tuning slides and an extension for lead pipe