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date: 12 April 2021


  • Enrico Weller


German family of brass instrument makers, active in Graslitz (Kraslice, Czech Republic) and Markneukirchen. Josef Johann Anger (b Fürth, nr Nuremberg, c1723; d Graslitz, after 1774) is considered the first brass instrument maker of Graslitz. He is believed to have learned in Nuremberg and relocated to Graslitz about 1752. His son Joseph Simon Anger (b Graslitz, 3 Jan 1752; d 29 Sept 1799) studied from 1768 to 1772 with the Leipzig maker J.G. Sattler, according to a family history. From 1773, Joseph substantially developed brass instrument making in Graslitz. Natural horns survive (in D.MK.mim and D.HA.h). His successor was Josephus Anger (also known as Joseph Victor, b 25 Feb 1777; d 16 June 1813). Brass instruments were produced by his descendants until 1859, when they turned to making children’s instruments. Attribution of earlier instruments to members of the family based on signatures and dates is not without ambiguities....

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