Campbell (Jerome Thibouville Lamy) • 1890s
I suspect that JTL made this particular design with minor variations for some time. We are lucky to have the great catalog entry, but unfortunately the publication date is unknown.
We know that some French makers sold pocket cornets with the dealer names of others, and that is the case here: Campbell of Glasgow.
A real plus is the original coffin case in above average condition. It is even die-stamped “JTL” on the bottom, something I can’t recall on any other coffin case.
As with most Bb pockets, it could also be played in A with the addition of an extended shank.
The second valve slide is located on the right side, which is the norm for most conventional cornets and trumpets, but somewhat unusual for pocket designs.
The photos show it following my restoration as well as how it looked originally. This included new silver plating as it was severely worn. It will still need a valve overhaul to really assess its playing capabilities.
Length (shank removed): 8.25”
Bell Diameter: 3.25”