5-Keyed Clarinet

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Description (Brief)
This clarinet was made by Asa Hopkins in Litchfield, Connecticut around 1829 to 1837. It is a 5-keyed clarinet in C made of boxwood with ivory ferrules and square brass keys. This clarinet is stamped:

A. HOPKINS [/] LITCHFIELD [/] CONN

Asa Hopkins (1779-1838) began his career as a clockmaker from about 1810 to 1825. Hopkins moved his shop to a location on the Naugatuck River and began making musical instruments in 1829. A lathe attributed to the workshop of Asa Hopkins is in the museum’s Mechanical and Civil Engineering collection (Cat. #333592).
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1829-1837
maker
Hopkins, Asa
place made
United States: Connecticut, Litchfield
Physical Description
boxwood (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
brass (overall material)
Measurements
mouthpiece: 3 5/8 in x 15/16 in; 9.2075 cm x 2.38125 cm
upper joint: 13 1/4 in x 1 3/8 in; 33.655 cm x 3.4925 cm
lower joint: 9 in x 1 5/8 in; 22.86 cm x 4.1275 cm
bell: 4 3/16 in x 3 in; 10.63625 cm x 7.62 cm
overall: 21 in x 3 in; 53.34 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
MI.373850
accession number
135713
catalog number
373850
Credit Line
Gift of A. Cyrus Yingst
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Clarinets
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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