Tonk Brothers Company, est. 1892

Tonk Sterling Cornet

Museum Artifact: Tonk Sterling Shankless Trumpet, c. 1920s

Made By: Tonk Brothers Company, 323 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL [Downtown / The Loop]

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

2 thoughts on “Tonk Brothers Company, est. 1892

  1. I found my way here after reading an excerpt from a Life Magazine interview with Louis Armstrong. He said that the first trumpet / Cornet he bought was a Tonk Bothers Cornet.
    “Armstrong’s memory appears so vivid that he even recalled the name of the obscure company who made the horn: “It was a Tonk Brothers — ain’t never heard of them.”[15] He then goes on to tell of how his mentor, Joe “King” Oliver got so sick of looking at the beat up Tonk Brothers horn that he gave Armstrong his old York model Cornet.”

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