Antique 1898 H. N. White Trombone The King Serial # 2504

Disclaimer: I sell mainly jewelry on eBay and I don’t know much about musical instruments at all. I picked up this professional model valve slide trombone from an elderly gentleman/acquaintance and it belonged to his grandfather (who reportedly played with John Philip Sousa) and it has been in his family for generations. He was the Camden County (NJ) Music Director for many years beginning in the early 1930’s. I am describing it to the best of my ability. I have done some research into this and found that the serial number of 2504 dates it to right around 1898 which is one of the earliest model trombones that was ever made by the H N White Company of Cleveland Ohio! This model is called “The King” I have never seen one that is this old and it has to be exceedingly rare – especially to find one in this condition!

There are a few places where it has the hand engraved company name and model name and, of course, the serial number (which is in one place). It also has a company logo of a lion head eating something? I would invite you to look at the pictures to find these engravings and to view the overall condition of the trombone. I don’t know how to play so I don’t know how to even test it out. It looks quite intact but may need a little restoration or greasing. From limited research I would image this would be worth about $4000.00 in fully restored condition. I have not attempted to polish this in any way because some people seem to prefer the original patina (At least with jewelry they do!)

This does not come with a case but it will be very carefully packed for safe shipment. I would also invite local pick up which is free and that way you could perhaps even inspect the trombone. You can even come look at it prior to placing a bid. I am in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area.

I will try to answer any questions about this but please understand that my knowledge is quite limited in this area.

New Jersey residents are subject to 6.625% sales tax.

While I will accept a return if I have misrepresented anything I strongly encourage bidders to understand that this is an antique item and will have some wear and perhaps other issues.?

USA bidders only for this auction.


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Location: Sewell, New Jersey 08080
Current Price: $775.50
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