Buffet-Crampon Clarinet, used by Artie Shaw

Description (Brief)
This B-flat clarinet, serial number 22457, was made by Buffet-Crampon & Cie. Paris, France. 1938. It was previously owned and used by American jazz musician and band leader, Artie Shaw (b. 1910-d. 2004).
Shaw achieved International success with his recording of “Beguine the Beguine” in 1938. He continued his career performing around the world, selling thousands of records, and appearing on film and television. By the end of 1954 Shaw made his last appearance as a clarinetist and stopped performing to pursue other interests.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
clarinet
date made
1938
user
Shaw, Artie
maker
Buffet-Crampon & Cie.
Physical Description
wood, ebony (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 29 in x 3 1/4 in; 73.66 cm x 8.255 cm
clarinet: 23 1/16 in x 2 1/2 in; 58.57875 cm x 6.35 cm
bell: 4 3/8 in x 3 1/4 in; 11.1125 cm x 8.255 cm
cap: 2 1/2 in x 1 3/16 in; 6.35 cm x 3.01625 cm
barrel: 2 11/16 in x 1 1/4 in; 6.82625 cm x 3.175 cm
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
ID Number
2003.0264.01
serial number
22457
accession number
2003.0264
catalog number
2003.0264.01
subject
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Jazz
Music & Musical Instruments
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Artie Shaw

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