Dear fellow collectors, first of all, i don't know if this the right place to post this but is there someone can help me determine how old this bugle is?
The seller said he got this bugle from a family of a war veteran. At that time, the late veteran also have some uniform and helmet but the seller only got this bugle and the other thing he wanted it.
There’s number “8” etched in there. And some dent and slit hole. But the bugle still operational.
If this bugle is old or maybe late 19th century made, i think this bugle is a knil bugle (saxhoorn) model M1870 used from 1870 until 1881. And based from the number "8" etched in there. Is this possibly once used by the knil 8th infantry battalion 8ste Bataljon Infanterie - Wikipedia ?
Some comparison the bugle from the netherlands army museum drawing legermuseum.nl
Contemporary photo of the bugle
KITLV Digital Media Library - Inheemse soldaten uit het Nederlands-Indische leger te Batavia met muziekinstrumenten
KITLV Digital Media Library - Officieren der infanterie van het Legioen van de Mangkoe Nagoro te Soerakarta (the bugle is on below left, in front of the drum and rifle)
So what do you think? Is this bugle is first of all a military bugle? And second is this like a very old made?