“The Old Rustic Bridge by the Mill” is a popular ballad composed by Thomas Skelly, an American songwriter who lived in the 19th century. The song tells the story of a young couple who fell in love at a rustic old bridge by a mill, and their eventual separation due to unforeseen circumstances.
This arrangement of “The Old Rustic Bridge by the Mill” is a version performed by Haverly’s Mastodon Minstrels. Haverly’s Mastodon Minstrels was a popular American minstrel group that was active in the late 19th century. The group was formed by J. H. Haverly, a showman who had previously managed other successful minstrel troupes. Haverly’s Mastodon Minstrels was known for its large size, with up to 75 performers on stage at once, and for its lavish and expensive productions.
This sheet music is in good condition. The spine has a small separation near the bottom and the piece may have foxing, stains, small creases/tears, smudges, and edge wear which are typical of old paper items. Please review the included photos of the actual item to make a complete determination of its condition.