8 July 1999
A SILVER HUNTING HORN
Attributed to a member of the Haas family
Engraved 'I. W. Haas nurnberg' surmounted by the emblem of a leaping hare with the maker's initials within an oval on the garland and decorated with a huntsman on horseback, a hound and a wolf in high relief against stylised trees and a geometric ground with a lion's head mask with a ring, the mouthpiece also engraved with geometric designs
11 in. (28 cm.) long overall
Rothschild inv. no. AR1766.
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W. Waterhouse, The New Langwill Index: a Dictionary of Musical Wind-Instruments Makers and Inventors, London, 1993, pp. 153-4.
The Haas family were the most illustrious and prolific of the Nuremberg brass instrument making families. The family included four masters over four generations all using the same mark, a leaping hare and the initials I W H. The horn bears the Nuremberg town mark of an 'N'.
This instrument is a post horn.
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