In the early 1920's, a trombone this size would probably have been
considered on the small side for general use. It would most likely been
used as a soloist's horn, where the ability to project over a large
ensemble would be desirable.
The case appears to be original, and uses a novel approach to securing
the slide; rather than sliding the upper brace under a block and then
securing the tubes using a rotating bar, one slides the upper tube
under a block and then secures the upper brace with a leather snap
strap. I'm not sure what the block at the upper end of the bell half of
the case is meant to hold; it does not seem properly shaped to hold an
extra crook for a high-pitch/low-pitch horn.