HENRY DISTIN


Serial Number Year Manufactured
391 (London) 1850
2371 1856 (Arnold Meyers)
3509 1857
6280 1867
10428 (10215) 1868
20722 (10688) 1869
21287 (22054) 1870
25021 1872
29394 (29733) 1874
Moved to New York 1877
266 1879
256 (261) 1880
551 (251) 1881
568 1882
Moved to Philadelphia  
1462 1883
5085 (5964) 1889
6285 1890
Moved to Williamsport  
8124 1891
8207 (8578) 1892
9119 (9021) 1893
11089 1894
14242 (15048) 1896
15233 (17496) 1897
15568 1898
15828 1899
16586 1900
16888 1901
17557 1902
17948 1903
22054 1909

The earliest Distin instruments were made by Adolphe Sax or other French makers. Distin was probably manufacturing brasswind instruments in London by 1858, which were stamped Henry Distin, Maker. When the firm was purchased in 1868, by Boosey and Son, the name was changed to Distin & Co., and changed again sometime around 1874 to Boosey & Son. Distin was in business in New York city, once again under the name Henry Distin, Maker, by 1878.
When Henry Distin retired in 1890, the firm was called The Henry Distin Manufacturing Co., and was managed by Brua C. Keefer, Jr., son of the major stockholder. In 1909, the Keefer family purchased the remaining interest, and the name was changed to The Brua C. Keefer Mfg. Co., whose production continued until about 1942.


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