a bear! Mid/Late 1930's TIS Standard with Hand-Hammered Finish
This horn dates from the mid-to-late 1930's (bell s/n 95xx, slide
93xx), toward the end of the run for the original Olds trombone (by
that time called the Standard Model). In addition to the hand-hammered
extra-cost* option on a Standard), it also has fluted inner slides.
I've never seen any specific mention of fluted inners on Standard
models in any Olds literature, so I'm inclined to think that the their presence on
this horn is, like its finish, the result of a special order (though I
can't discount the possiblity that they were installed later).The bell
is marked 7½
LM, the slide (.485"/.500" bore) carries only the serial number.
Catalogs bracketing the date of manufacture for the horn give prices of
$120-$125 for a regular Standard, with an additional $25 for the