I have assembled a guide to the historical manufacturers & retailers of hunting horns as a reference for dating quality antique horns. Any additional information would be gratefully recieved. I hope that this page will make a useful resource and I will add to it as often as I can. Pictures of most of these makers stamps can be found at my website at http://www.tackagain.co.uk//mall/infopageviewer.cfm/tackagain/Hornmakers
1] Keith, Prowse & Co
Keith, Prowse and Co operated from 48, Cheapside , London in the 1800's
George Butler started up in Dublin in 1826, then opened a London branch in 1858.Marked "Butler Haymarket London and Dublin".The Haymarket address puts it between 1865 and 1898.
3]Boosey & Co
In the 1850 Boosey & Co started making brass and wind instruments and merged with Hawkes & Son in 1930 .
Boosey & Co bought out Henry Distin of 31 Cranbourne St , Leicester Square in 1868 so any Boosey horns bearing the Distin trademark would be later than that date
Boosey & Hawkes Ltd
Boosey & Co merged with Hawkes & Son in 1930 so horns made after this date were stamped Boosey & Hawkes
4]Swaine & Co
James Swaine started in business in 1798 and moved to 185 Piccadilly in 1835 .Swaine & Co dates horns to before 1845 when James took his nephew into the business and the company became Swaine & Adeney
SWAINE & ADENEY
SWAINE & ADENEY 185 PICCADILLY LONDON PROPRIETORS OF KOHLER & SON MADE IN ENGLAND. Horns made after 1851 usually bear the exhibition medals from that year.
Swaine & Adeney merged with Brigg's in 1943
5] Kohler & Sons
Kohler & Sons 12 Gt Chapel Sreet. Westminster (From Covent Garden) London .The mouth piece is marked K & S. Kohler horns carried various addresses over the years which helps to date their horns quite accurately.
Kohler & Sons
Kohler/Kohler & Sons were manufacturers of horns from 1780 until 1907 .
The company achieved Royal Appointment in 1801 They were registerd at various addresses over the years one of the earliest being I.Kohler - Whitcomb Street London 1790-1793
35 Henrietta Street
Horns made between 1830 - 1863 usually carried the 35 Henrietta Street address and after 1851-62 the Exhibition medals
12 Great Chapel Street , Westminster
Horns made between 1863 & 1881 carried the 12 Great Chapel Street , Westminster address.The Kohler inscription became Kohler & Son in 1863.
116 Victoria Street ,Westminster
Horns made between 1882 & 1888 were marked with the 116 Victoria Street , Westminster address . From 1888 to 1896 the address changed to 61 Victoria Street
167 Edbury Street ,Eaton Square
The address between 1902 & 1904 was 167 Edbury Street , Eaton Square , London
185 Piccadilly , Covent Garden
From 1905 until 1907 the address was 185 Piccadilly , and in 1907 the company was aquired by Swaine & Adeney
6]Henry Keat & Sons
Henry Keat have made horns for all the leading saddlers including - Merry , Whippy , Wilkinson & Kidd , Cornish & Rogers as well as Army Navy Stores and Potters of London .
When Swaine & Adeney took over the business of Kohler & Sons in 1907 Keat & Sons made all their Hunting Horns till 1984.
7]Rudall Rose & Carte
Rudall Rose & Carte operated from various addresses in the mid to late 1800's.
From 1852 to 1857 they were at 100 New Bond Street , London.
From 1858 till 1878 they resided at 20 Charring Cross , London.
And from 1878 onwards the address was 23 Berners Street , Oxford Street , London
Louis Jullien sold horns from his music shop in Regent Street which he operated from the mid 1840's until he went bankrupt in 1848
I am happy to be advised if any of the above is incorrect and will modify the information accordingly.