Cornetto

Cornetto (Period)

Cornetto (Period)

Bass cornetto (Accepted)

Bass cornetto (Accepted)

The cornetto is a musical instrument which combines a wooden body with finger holes (like the recorder) with the mouthpiece of a trumpet.  It was, indeed, sometimes an alternate depiction of the trumpet, as in the emblazon of Trumpington in the Heralds Roll, c.1280 [ANA1 78].  The cornetto is curved in form, ranging from the default form in the first illustration, to the so-called “bass cornetto” or “Serpent” in the second illustration.

The Society has the cornetto following the default orientation for other woodwinds:  with the mouthpiece to chief.  For related charges, see horn.

The Master of the King’s Musick of Atenveldt bears:  Per pale azure and argent, in canton a sun in his splendour Or, in sinister a bass cornetto sable.

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