View Full Version : Found antique Frank Holton and CO Trumpet SN# 87846

05-21-2011, 01:02 PM
Need some help finding out more about this trumpet I found ANY help would be great!

The trumpet is in a black leather case with old metal corners riveted on. The case has old leather strap with great patina stickers from Georgia and Florida collages. There is a Frank Holton and CO metal badge on the front of the case as well. Interlining is purple with storage compartment. The trumpet is silver and has a note holder clip attachment. The bell has engraving of flowers typical of the Frank Holton and CO horns. The serial number is on the upper half of the 2nd valve with engravings around it. Not sure what year it is from or anything else. I do know however that it is very old.


05-21-2011, 01:30 PM
From the Holton master serial number list I would guess the time period of 1929-1930...


Are there any unique markings on the bell, valves, or on the leadpipe (where the mouthpiece enters?)?

05-21-2011, 01:59 PM
The bell has a crest surrounded by flowered engraving with "made BY", (name of maker is hard to make out), below that is "Elkhorn WIS."

The 2nd valve has Frank Holton & CO and the serial number "87846" engraved on it.

There is a very small "LP" engraved on the leadpipe along with "HEIM MODEL FRANK HOLTON & CO" engraved in the mouthpiece.

05-21-2011, 02:56 PM
Look at some of the trumpet photos on this page.


It might be a version of a "Revelation" with that type of scroll work.

If you have images, upload to this thread and I can maybe narrow down the model...

05-21-2011, 03:25 PM

This is the trumpet I have and it does look like the Revelation however it does not have the finger hook. Is this normal for this model?

05-21-2011, 07:27 PM
Look at these images of two different Revelation models



Look closely at the main tuning slide (reversed leadpipe), and also the valve braces (oversized). I think you may have a Revelation model...

I'll let others here on the forum comment if they have some other ideas...

BTW - Really like the various college stickers on the outside of the case... Quite a history this trumpet had...

05-22-2011, 12:05 PM
Just all the character alone makes it really hard to decide weather I want to sell it or not.