DescriptionHarry James' Selmer Model 26 Trumpet. "He was at peace and he knew he was loved when he was playing the trumpet," said Helen Forrest of Harry James (1916-1983), in whose band she was the lead singer during the World War II years. James' distinctions as an entertainer were many -- including being the first bandleader to hire Frank Sinatra (in 1939), the man who married leggy blonde pinup girl Betty Grable (in 1943), and a movie star in his own right in such films as Bathing Beauty (1944). James' fame as a trumpet player established him as a legend in 20th century American music. Heritage proudly offers this trumpet, a fantastic Selmer Model 26 (serial number 9497, circa 1950) owned and used by the legend, with James' name engraved on the side. The trumpet is accompanied by a handkerchief embroidered with the initials "HJ," two Parduba Harry James Model mouthpieces, repair kit, hardshell carrying case, a b&w 8" x 10" photo of James, and sheet music arrangement for "Green Apples" written in an unknown hand. A fantastic instrument in Very Fine to Excellent condition. Accompanied by a notarized LOA.
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