Martin 13-Keyed Clarinet

Martin 13-Keyed Clarinet

Description (Brief)
This clarinet was made by Jean François Martin in Paris, France around1842 to 1844. It is a 13-keyed clarinet in C, made of fruitwood with ivory ferrules and brass keys. The clarinet is stamped:

[star] [/] Martin [/] J.F. [/] C

The bell is a replacement and stamped:

[star] [/] Thibouville [/] Freres [/] B

In 1843 Jean François Martin received a patent (French Patent #15895) for a new arrangement of the F sharp key for clarinets. This new arrangement is featured on this instrument.
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Date made
Martin, Jean Francois
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
Physical Description
fruitwood (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
brass (overall material)
barrel: 1 15/16 in x 1 7/16 in; 4.92125 cm x 3.65125 cm
upper joint: 7 11/16 in x 2 in; 19.52625 cm x 5.08 cm
lower joint: 9 in x 1 15/16 in; 22.86 cm x 4.92125 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Annie-May Hegeman
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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