This 1946 Henri Selmer B-flat custom-made and inscribed trumpet belonged to Louis Armstrong. Armstrong had been playing an earlier version of a Selmer trumpet since 1932. Even though he believed you could play a trumpet for a long time, he had the habit of playing his trumpets for approximately five years before he passed it on as a gift to a friend or colleague. In February 1946, Armstrong’s manager and close friend, Joe Glaser, wrote to Selmer Instrument Company and asked for a new trumpet custom-made for Armstrong’s use. Selmer agreed and presented him with this inscribed Selmer B-flat trumpet. This personally inscribed trumpet was made only for Armstrong and was not mass produced.
A brass trumpet with mouthpiece and case. The trumpet has a Henri Selmer Paris inscription near the bell and valve case, and "Louis Armstrong" is engraved on the leadpipe.
A trombone and case, including the mouthpiece, innerslide, and outerslide. The trombone is a Stradivarius Model 36 made by the Vincent Bach Corporation. On the horn, at the top, is an engraving with the model number and manufacturer: [Stradivarius / Model / 36 / Vincent Bach / ELKHART, IN. / USA]. There is a serial number at the bottom on the cylinder where all the tubes converge: .