Trumpet & Cornet

Serial Numbers

Click here to look at trumpets and cornets by model types

Important facts to consider before you look up your serial number:

King serial numbers are difficult to track due to the different variations of product changes and the lack of official records. All of the serial numbers listed on this page end when The H. N. White Company was sold in 1965. After 1965, all instruments were manufactured in Eastlake and engraved with "King Musical Instruments."

Special Note: In the production years of 1893-1915 it is important to consider that production of trumpets and cornets stated slowly and that www.hnwhite.com is in the process of breaking these numbers down to better reflect "true" numbers. The H. N. White Company did not have "considerable" production until 1905.

Special Note: If your instrument says "The King" plus has a "lion head" by the serial numbers you have the earliest and oldest manufactured (by H. N. White) between 1893 and 1915.

Special Note: Any instrument that is stamped "HN White Sole Agent" was imported to Cleveland around 1893-1905.

Special Note: Please keep in mind that model changes might not have been made to all trumpets or cornets in the production line and may not be respective of the true age of your instrument. The following information is to be used as a guide to narrow down the year your instrument was produced.

Special Note: Gladiator was produced from 1940-1953.

Special Note: From 1925-1928 Sterling Silver Bells were added to: Trumpets, Cornets, Trombones, and Saxophones. For more information on Silver Bells Click Here.

Trumpets:

Date Serial Number
1893-1915 1-50,000
1915-1925 50,000-78,000
1925-1930 78,001-126,000
1930-1935 126,001-176,000
1935-1936 176,001-186,000
1936-1937 186,001-200,000
1937-1938 200,001-212,000
1938-1939 212,001-225,000
1939-1940 225,001-239,000
1940-1941 239,001-254,000
1941-1942 254,001-264,000
1942-1945 264,001-267,500
1945-1946

267,501-277,000

1946-1947

277,001-287,000

1947-1948 287,001-296,500
1948-1949 296,501-301,500
1949-1950 301,501-308,000
1950-1951 308,001-316,500
1951-1952 316,501-322,000
1952-1953 322,001-330,000
1953-1954

330,001-337,000

1954-1955 337,001-340,000
1955-1960 340,001-370,000
1960-1965 370,000-406,500
1965-1970 406,501-457,600

Significant Models and Changes to Trumpets and Cornets:

King Small Bore Trumpet No. 216-220

Shown in the 1911 Christmas Catalog. Designed and built by H. N. White.

Liberty Model Bb Trumpet No. 1050

Around 1900-1920 the Liberty Model Bb Trumpet No. 1050 and its varents were introduced. This trumpet had the original (or old) valve caps and cap buttons.

Vocal or C Trumpet No. 1055

Around 1900-1920 the Vocal or C Trumpet No. 1055 was introduced. This trumpet could play in C with rotary change to Bb, and side to A. This trumpet had the original (or old) valve caps and cap buttons.

King Master Model Trumpet

Around 1900-1930's the Master Model Trumpet was produced. This trumpet could be change to play in A.

No. 2 Liberty Trumpet & No. 2 Master Model Cornet For more information on Silver Bells Click Here.

Around 1931-1932 the "Number 2 Liberty" trumpet was introduced with new valve caps and cap buttons. By 1933 the King "Number 2 Master Model" cornet was converted to the same caps and buttons. The Master Model Cornet remained virtually unchanged in till 1966 except for the engraving pattern on the bell.

No. 2-B Liberty Trumpet

Around 1938-1940 the "New" Number 2-B Liberty Trumpet was introduced (with the "new" valve caps and cap buttons).

Liberty Model Balanced Trumpet

Around 1945-1947 the "New" Liberty Model Balanced Trumpet was introduced. This model replaced the No. 2 Liberty Trumpet.

The "New" Super 20 Model Trumpet

Around 1951-1954 the "New" Super 20 Model was introduced. This trumpet was added to the line up and did not replace any production trumpets.

The Super 20 Symphony Model Trumpet

Production started in 1951.

The Silver Flair

Production Started in 1964 and was the last "true" H. N. White Trumpet.

Cornets:

First Famous Short Model Cornet

Production started in 1898. Shown in the 1911 Christmas Catalog. Designed and built by H. N. White.

First King Long Model Cornet

Production started in or around 1898. Shown in the 1911 Christmas Catalog. Designed and built by H. N. White.

First King Large Bore Cornet

Production started in or around 1898. Shown in the 1911 Christmas Catalog. Designed and built by H. N. White.

First King Eb Cornet

Production started in or around 1898. Shown in the 1911 Christmas Catalog. Designed and built by H. N. White.

King Combination Cornet

Production started in or around 1898. Shown in the 1911 Christmas Catalog. Designed and built by H. N. White.

King Junior Bb Cornet

Production start unknown, but best quess puts it around 1920.

King Eb Cornet

Redesigned and started production in or around 1920 and finished in the early 1930's.

King Slide Cornet

Production started in or around 1915 and finished in the early 1930's.

King Perfecto No 1

Around 1912-1914 the King Perfecto No 1 Model was introduced.

King Perfecto No. 2

Around 1918-1922 the King Perfecto No 2 Model was introduced.

King "Commander" Model Cornet

Around 1925-1930 the King "Commander" Model Cornet was introduced.

Vocal or C Cornet No. 1060

Around 1912-1920 the Vocal or C Cornet No. 1060 was introduced. This cornet could play in C with rotary change to Bb, and side to A. This cornet had the original (or old) valve caps and cap buttons.

Master Model Bb Cornet No. 1065 (Medium Bore) & No. 1066 (large Bore) For more information on Silver Bells Click Here.

Around 1920-1930 the Master Model Bb Cornet No. 1065 (Medium Bore) & No. 1066 (large Bore) Cornets were introduced. This was the first of the famous King "under slung" Cornets.

Master Model Bb Cornet No. 2 For more information on Silver Bells Click Here.

Around 1939-1940 the Master Model Bb Cornet No. 2 (Medium Bore only) Cornet was introduced. This model was a small improvement of the No. 1065 & No. 1066.

 

Special thanks to: Mr. Dave Ellis aka "King trumpet guy" for all of the help with the "new" trumpet serial numbers!

 

Cleveland Bought in 1925

Date Serial Number
1925-1930 1-10,000
1930-1935 10,000-30,000
1935-1940 30,000-40,000
1940-1945 40,000-45,000
1945-1950 45,000-50,000
1950-1955 50,000-65,000
1955-1960 65,000-100,000
1960-1965 100,000-160,000
1965-1970 160,000-420,000

 

 

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All the information on this page is compiled by guess work and should be used accordingly.