Martin Frères 10-Keyed Clarinet

Martin Frères 10-Keyed Clarinet

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Description (Brief)
This clarinet was made by Martin Frères in Paris, France around 1878 to 1882. It is a 10-keyed clarinet in A, made of boxwood with German silver ferrules and round keys. This clarinet is stamped:

[bee] [/] MARTIN FRES [/] A PARIS [/] [Martin logo] [/] A

John Howard Foote (1833-1896) was a musical instrument dealer with shops in New York City and Chicago. Martin Freres was one of the many brands sold through his shops. This make and style of clarinet (#5271), or “clarionet,” as listed in an 1880 J. Howard Foote catalog sold for $12.30.
Currently not on view
Date made
Martin Freres
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
Physical Description
boxwood (overall material)
German silver (overall material)
barrel: 2 1/16 in x 1 1/4 in; 5.23875 cm x 3.175 cm
upper joint: 9 1/4 in x 1 7/8 in; 23.495 cm x 4.7625 cm
middle joint: 8 9/16 in x 1 1/2 in; 21.74875 cm x 3.81 cm
lower joint: 10 1/16 in x 1 7/8 in; 25.55875 cm x 4.7625 cm
bell: 4 1/4 in x 3 1/4 in; 10.795 cm x 8.255 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of J. Howard Foote
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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