BOSTON MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Serial Number Year Manufactured Serial Number Year Manufactured
6200 1880 15367 1901
6638 1881 15731 1902
  1882 16085 1903
7490 1883 16439 1904
7916, (*8169) 1884 16937 1905
8342, (*8308) 1885 17435 1906
8768 1886 17933, (*18000) 1907
9249, (*9331) 1887 18287, 18431 1908
9730 1888 18929 1909
10212, (*10354) 1889 19427 1910
10693 1890 19925 1911
11135, (*11271) 1891 20426 1912
11576 1892 20921 1913
12018 1893 21419 1914
12460, (*12845) 1894 21917 1915
12901 1895 22415 1916
13343 1896 22913 1917
13785 1897 23411 1918
14226 1898 23909 1919
14668 1899 24407 1920
15022 1900 *25000 1921

Note: Serial numbers marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by Bill Bamberg
It is not known when Boston started numbering instruments or at what date. As can be seen from the serial numbers, it was by 1886. The earliest number that Robb Steward reports is 7397. There are a great many unnumbered instruments known. Most of these are with rotary valves, along with some piston instruments. The vast majority of numbered Boston instruments are with piston valves. The highest number that I know of is 25206.

The Boston Musical Instrument Manufactory was formed in 1869 by Elbridge G. Wright, Samuel, George and Elbridge Graves, along with Henry Esbach and Louis F. Hartman who later became the sole owners. E.G. Wright left in 1870 to work with Hall and Quinby, and died in 1871. In about 1902 they moved from the original address, 71 Sudbury St. to 51 Chardon St. and changed the name to Boston Musical Instrument Company. The firm was purchased by Cundy Bettony in 1914, and continued operation until at least 1928.

All of the Boston catalogues and some advertisements state a founding date of 1841. This is the date that E.G. Wright set up his first shop in Boston.


Please, if you note any discrepancies, or have additional information relating to this company, we would appreciate it VERY much if you would pass it on to us here at The Music Trader. Thank you very much!




Your Comments, Corrections, and Inquiries are Most Welcome!
Please Click Here to Contact Us
E-Mail Us Now!

Last modified:
September 2010
Webmaster: Lars Kirmser music_trader@musictrader.com
Copyright 1995 - 2010 THE MUSIC TRADER

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED -- UNAUTHORIZED CACHING OR REPRODUCTION PROHIBITED BY LAW

SITE INDEX:
HOME FOR SALE TECHNOLOGY CONNECTION SITE DIRECTORY ABOUT US GUIDES Email US