Most Valuable Boy Scout Bugle Ever Sold

Scarce Ca.1910 Nickel Plated Boy Scout Bugle w/Engraved Scout Bugler is a “nickel-plated” unofficial Lyon and Healy BOY SCOUT bugle with a very ornate engraving of a Boy Scout holding a bugle that just sold for $322.99. I don’t remember any Boy Scout bugle selling for more. This bugle almost certainly was sold in the 1910s before the BSA cracked down on the use of the term Boy Scout. I have the brass version of this bugle, which is rare. This is the first time I have ever seen the nickel-plated version. (this was the text of an email sent to me by my collecting friend Bruce McCrea)

1910 Boy Scout BugleHere is the description from the eBay seller “This is a very interesting, all-original early Boy Scout nickel plated bugle that I have owned since the early 1980s. It is beautifully hand engraved above the bell, with “BOY SCOUT” over a large engraved image of a scout wearing the model 1910 uniform with campaign hat, standing at attention and holding a bugle. Below that is “LYON & HEALY, CHICAGO U.S.A.” The mouth piece is marked “MARTIN ELKHORN.” I agree with the on-line comments made by a collector of BSA bugles who owns an identical bugle, that they were probably sold in 1910. He believes that Lyon and Healy were taking advantage of the newly created Scout organization, before they would have been prohibited by the later official BSA regulations. The bugle has wrinkles and dings, mostly on the bell, but also scattered elsewhere. (see photos) I chose to leave it as found, but it is a relatively easy process for an instrument repair shop to remove dents from a bugle. I have witnessed such a repair being done quickly with rollers, small anvils and hammers. The nickel plating has small, scattered dull age freckles. ”

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