Item:
ONSV2638

Original French WWI Belgian-made Bugle by Léon Moeremans of Ghent

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice French Bugle, made in Belgium for use during WWI. It is of perfectly standard brass and copper construction, very similar to British Bugles of the period. All of the markings are however in French, so we assume it was supplied there prior to the outbreak of WWI. The instrument has a Nickel Silver plaque on the bell reading:

FABRICATION SUPERIEURE
DIPLOME D'HONNEUR
MANUFACTURE BREVETÉE

This plaque has the Moeremans' company logo in the center, and indicates that they are an award-winning company, and that the instrument is a patented design of superior manufacture quality. Below this, it has a detailed maker marking as well:

L. MOEREMANS
FOURNISSEUR DE L'ARMEE
ET DES CONSERVATOIRES
GAND

Belgian Léon Moeremans was a Belgian composer, music teacher, conductor, music store (brass maker and piano maker) and music publisher who lived around the turn of the century. He founded his musical instrument factory in Ghent (GAND) and received various awards for brass instruments, and enjoyed a worldwide recognition. He made instruments for Belgium, The Netherlands, Northern France and even the United States.

This Bugle, which is totally authentic, has the usual dents seen in a bugle that saw field use. It has two nice D-shaped brass lanyard loops, which are solidly attached. It has a lovely oxidized copper and brass finish, without any excessive green deposits. The instrument still has its original mouthpiece, attached to the instrument with a chain. We tested it out, and it also still sounds clearly and correctly.

A great antique bugle that probably saw service in "The Great War," ready to display or even use!

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