Original WWII Imperial Japanese Army Brass Bugle with Marked Mouthpiece & Red Cord
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a genuine Japanese Military Bugle from the WWII period. You can identify it as such by the style of the bugle, the Japanese-marked mouthpiece, and the large clamp that secures the tuningslide/lead pipe into the instrument. Bugle is in overall good condition and playable but does have some dings and dents.
The bugle features all brass construction, with a two piece brazed bell with a bell garland. Screw-in mouthpiece appears to be solid nickel silver, as opposed to brass with a bakelite cup as often seen, and has Japanese markings. The wing nut that tightens around the lead pipe for pitch adjustment is present, though the lead pipe is currently seized. Also, the chain that secures the mouthpieces to the hanger ring is missing.
Wrapped around the top of the bugle is a very nice red cord, which is tied to the two hanger rings, with a red tassel on each end. This is the correct style and color for the Imperial Japanese Army. It's very rare to find these with an original tassel, and this is only the second time we have seen one.
A very rare piece from the Empire of the Rising Sun.
The branch of the military would normally be identified by a sash with tassels attached to the bugle by the two large inner rings, red for Army as an example. Further identifying this as a WWII period piece, as opposed to modern day, is the lack of a condensation valve on the front edge.
Approximate dimensions are 12" x 5" x 4.5"
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