Eisenbrandt 5-Keyed Clarinet

Description (Brief)
This clarinet was made by Christian Heinrich Eisenbrandt (Henry C. Eisenbrant) in Baltimore, Maryland around 1829 to 1831. It is a 5-keyed clarinet in E-flat made of grenadilla or cocoa wood with ivory ferrules and square silver keys. This clarinet is stamped:


Christian Heinrich Eisenbrandt (1790-1861) immigrated from Germany in 1808 and settled in Philadelphia. In 1815, he was listed in the New York City Directory as Henry Eisenbrand, musical instrument maker. Eisenbrandt returned to Germany and for a few years, came back to the United States, and set up his shop in Baltimore in 1819. After his death in 1861, the firm was continued by his son, H.W.R. Eisenbrandt until 1949.
Currently not on view
Date made
Eisenbrandt, Christian Heinrich
Eisenbrandt, Christian Heinrich
place made
United States: Maryland, Baltimore
Physical Description
grenadilla or cocoa wood (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
silver (overall material)
overall: 16 in x 2 7/8 in; 40.64 cm x 7.3025 cm
mouthpiece: 3 1/8 in x 1 in; 7.9375 cm x 2.54 cm
barrel: 1 11/16 in x 1 1/4 in; 4.28625 cm x 3.175 cm
upper joint: 5 13/16 in x 1 7/16 in; 14.76375 cm x 3.65125 cm
lower joint: 7 in x 1 3/4 in; 17.78 cm x 4.445 cm
bell: 3 1/2 in x 2 13/16 in; 8.89 cm x 7.14375 cm
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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