Martin Frères 6-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 6-keyed clarinet in D, made of boxwood with ivory ferrules and round brass keys. This clarinet is stamped:

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

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 (#5262), or “clarionet,” as listed in an 1880 J. Howard Foote catalog sold for $6.90.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1860-1880
date made
1878-1882
maker
Martin Freres
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
Physical Description
boxwood (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
brass (overall material)
Measurements
cap: 3 in x 2 5/16 in; 7.62 cm x 5.87375 cm
mouthpiece: 2 15/16 in x 1 in; 7.46125 cm x 2.54 cm
barrel: 1 3/8 in x 1 1/4 in; 3.4925 cm x 3.175 cm
upper joint: 3 5/8 in x 1 3/16 in; 9.2075 cm x 3.01625 cm
middle joint: 6 5/8 in x 1 3/8 in; 16.8275 cm x 3.4925 cm
lower joint: 7 3/8 in x 1 3/4 in; 18.7325 cm x 4.445 cm
bell: 3 1/4 in x 2 7/8 in; 8.255 cm x 7.3025 cm
overall: 17 in x 2 7/8 in; 43.18 cm x 7.3025 cm
ID Number
MI.055618
accession number
11535
catalog number
055618
Credit Line
Gift of J. Howard Foote
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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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