Ca. late 1800s
This trumpet has a dragon head that is formed from sheet brass with overall repousse work to create scales and a mane. The horns and the long whiskers are separately applied. A long flat tongue of sheet brass or copper extends through the mouth. The dragon head is joined to the tapering trumpet with a bulbous silver repousse element having bands of silver leaves on both sides. The copper portion extends from the silver band of leaves and ends in another band of silver, at which point the chain is attached. The final portion of the tapered tube is brass, ending in the copper mouth piece. It is in good working condition, and has an old unpolished patina.
Length 16 ¼ in., Width: 2 ¾ in. across the horns