24 June 2004
LOUIS ARMSTRONG HORN
A sterling silver horn presented to jazz great Louis Armstrong as a gift; the manufacturer's engraving on the bell reads "T. Harper's Improved/1851/1862/Kohler & Son/Makers/116 Victoria Street/Westminster/London/No. 190;" an amateur engraving below reads "To Louis the King/& Alpha/From/C.W. Norris Max Norris/In Gratitude/3/7/32." Included are many rare vintage print black and white publicity photographs of Armstrong circa 1930 from the collection of his manager, Johnny Collins.
Length: 25 inches
Louis Armstrong gifted this horn to his manager, Johnny Collins, who then gifted it to the current owner; unfortunately, the provenance regarding who first gave it to Armstrong is now unknown.
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