Albert System Clarinet, used by Barney Bigard

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Description (Brief)
This clarinet was made by Henri Farney & Cie. in Paris , France around 1925 to 1927. It is an Albert System clarinet in B-flat, made of granadilla with nickel silver ferrules and keys. This clarinet is stamped:

HENRY FARNY [/] ET CIE [/] PARIS [/] MODELE SUPERIEUR

Henry Farny instruments were manufactured in France and sold by the Wurlitzer Company. This clarient was previously used by American jazz clarinetist, Barney Bigard (1906-1980) when he joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1927.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1925-1927
1920s
1920-1930
ca 1925-1935
user
Bigard, Barney
maker
Henri Farny et Cie
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
grenadilla (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 26 1/2 in x 3 1/8 in; 67.31 cm x 7.9375 cm
clarinet: 23 in x 2 1/4 in; 58.42 cm x 5.715 cm
bell: 4 3/16 in x 3 1/8 in; 10.63625 cm x 7.9375 cm
ID Number
2013.0215.01
accession number
2013.0215
catalog number
2013.0215.01
Credit Line
Gift of Dennis Levin
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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