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Holton Coronet Serial #1735
Aug 10th, 2020 at 12:00am
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I'm new to your community and hope to find some help with a vintage coronet my family has had for decades. It is a Frank Holton & Co. silver coronet with (what I assume) is a serial number engraved on the central valve,  and it is #1735. I poked around the web a bit and found this serial # as a 1905 production? Also, I'm a bit confused because the bell also has the number 238 engraved right above, "New Proportion… " and below, "EXCHANGED FOR NEW BUESCHER ELKHART, IND".

What is the difference in numbers? Am I correct in my dating of the instrument? What is a reasonable value to insure it for? And, finally, what is the best way to polish the silver plating? I want to make sure to care for it properly, because the coronet is in very nice condition with very few blemishes. I'm hoping most discolorations are able to be polished away. Also, none of the valves or slides are frozen and it is in playable condition. It just needs some valve oil. Oh yeah, 1735 is also stamped inside each bottom valve cap. Thanks so much for any help you can provide! Peace…
  
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Re: Holton Coronet Serial #1735
Reply #1 - Aug 10th, 2020 at 1:55pm
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I'm not sure about the 238, but I think that is a number the Buescher put on the bell.  Buescher had an interesting program, they would take instruments in on trade for a new Buescher, and then they would re-sell the trade in, after putting their own ad on the instrument. 

To polish, I'd recommend that you wash with Dawn dish soap, then use a good quality silver polish. If you use narrow strips of cloth you can wrap around the tubing, you will have an easier time of it.

We don't get into valuing instruments on here.  Generally, I suggest that people check out completed eBay auctions for similar instruments to get an idea of worth.
  
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Re: Holton Coronet Serial #1735
Reply #2 - Aug 10th, 2020 at 2:01pm
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Thanks for the info! Am I correct with the serial # and production date? If so, I find it amazing to be holding an instrument 115 years old. Man, if only I could learn about its previous owners!
  
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Re: Holton Coronet Serial #1735
Reply #3 - Aug 10th, 2020 at 3:32pm
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That is where the original Holton serial number would be.  "1735" would put it at 1905 according to the serial number list at this site.

Buescher also put their own number on the instrument when they stamped it as "exchanged".
I've seen that same stamp on many different makes of horns always with numbers added above or below.  Possibly a Buescher control number of some kind to avoid possible duplicates if they used the other manufacturers serial numbers?
  

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