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Clarinet in C

Graves & Company
ca. 1845
Winchester, New Hampshire, United States
Grenadilla, ivory, silver
L. 59.3 cm (23-3/8 in.) W. of case 25.8 cm (10-1/4 in.)
Aerophone-Reed Vibrated-single reed cylindrical
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gift of Barnard College, by exchange, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.55.1, .2
Not on view
Grenadilla, ivory, 13 silver keys. A variant of the English-style clarinet with a concealed connecting lever of the highest (speaker-) key. C was the main size used in nineteenth-century bands.
Marking: 1) (stamped) "Graves & Co/Winchester/N.H./C" beneath an eagle and above a lyre. 2) (engraved) "J.B Yale/Lee Mas" on roller touchplates; "NCL (twice, indistinctly) on band concealing speaker rod: "A" on face of tenon above speaker key.
[ Mark J. Leone ] ; J. B. Yale
"Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 1996-1997." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1997), pg. 63, ill.

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