Horn-u-Copia

An Index to Distin Instruments



YearNumber
London
1850 391
1856 2371
1857 3509
1867 6280
1868 10428 (*10215) [10052 cornets, 20100 other brass]
1869 20722 (*10688)
1870 21287 (*22054) [10814 cornets, 21855 other brass]
1872 25021 [11536 cornets, 24160 other brass]
1874 29394 (*29733) 12611 [ cornets, 26571 other brass]
New York
1879 233
1880 256 (*261)
1881 551 (*251)
1882 568
Philadelphia
1883 1462
1889 5085 (*5964)
1890 6921 **
Williamsport
1890 6164 **
1892 8207 (*8578)
1893 9119 (*9021)
1894 11089
1896 14242 (*15048)
1897 15233 (*17496)
1898 15568
1899 15828
1900 16586
1901 16888
1902 17557
1903 17948
1909 22054

* Arnold Meyers

** There is some overlap of serial numbers during the move from Philadelphia to Williamsport. Presumably, some stock was moved from one location to the other during the transition.

The early Distin instruments were stencils made by Sax or other French makers. Distin was manufacturing instruments in London probably by 1858, and were engraved "Henry Distin, Maker". Boosey and Son purchased the company in 1868, using the name "Distin & Co.", until areound 1874.

Distin was in business in New York, under the name "Henry Distin, Maker" by 1878. He moved to Philadelphina and later to Williamport, PA.

Distin retired in 1890, but the firm, under the name "Henry Distin Manufacturing Co.", was managed by Brua C. Keefer, Jr., lawyer and son of the major stockholder. In 1909, the Keefer purchased the company

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