Originally asking $750.00 ~ reduced to $450.00 ~ CASH ONLY, I will not ship ~ in person transaction only!
I have a Vintage "F. E. Olds" Bb cornet I bought 30+ years ago. The serial number is 5955. From the information I have been able to obtain over time, which hasn't been much, my best guess it was manufactured between 1932 – 1935, based on the serial number. It still plays great and looks brand new.
It looks like a trumpet, but it is shorter than a standard trumpet by approximately 2.5 inches from tip of bell to tip of lead pipe. It has a “slim line” profile in comparison to that of a “fatter” profile of a cornet. The lead pipe uses the "Olds" type cornet mouthpiece. Other cornet mouthpieces, the back-bore shank is too small. A trumpet mouthpiece does not fit very well because the back-bore shank is a little too large and sticks to far out of the lead-pipe.
The cornet was refurbished by the previous owner (quite sure the previous owner did not know what they had).
If you stand the horn on its bell, looking at it straight on (with the top of the valves pointing toward you) the engraving on the bell, reading from left to right, "RADIO ~ MODEL" is engraved. Also, running from lower left to upper right, the word "OLDS" is centered on a ribbon type banner. On the lower left end of the ribbon "Made by ~ F. E. Olds ~ & Son" is engraved, and on the upper right end of the ribbon "LOS ~ Angeles ~ Cal. USA" is engraved.
In a 1930 "Olds" catalog, there is a black & white picture of what is identified as a "Military Cornet”; the physical appearance is identical to the one I have, expect mine is nickel and brass plated. As I noted, on the Bell is says, "RADIO ~ MODEL"; not "Military Cornet".