Oehler System Clarinet

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Description (Brief)
This clarinet was made by Oskar Oehler in Berlin, Germany around 1900 to 1935. It is an Oehler System clarinet in B-flat, made of ebony with German silver ferrules and keys. This clarinet is stamped:

[lyre] [/] O.Oehler [/] Berlin [/] B

This clarinet was previously owned and used by German-American clarinetist Robert Lindemann (1884-1975). Lindemann was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States in 1911. He is best known as the principal clarinetist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1923 to 1949.
Currently not on view
Date made
Lindemann, Robert
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Oehler, Oskar
Oehler, Oskar
place made
Deutschland: Berlin, Berlin
Physical Description
ebony (overall material)
German silver (overall material)
overall: 23 1/2 in x 3 1/4 in; 59.69 cm x 8.255 cm
mouthpiece: 3 5/8 in x 1 3/16 in; 9.2075 cm x 3.01625 cm
barrel, each: 2 3/16 in x 1 1/4 in; 5.55625 cm x 3.175 cm
upper joint: 9 1/2 in x 2 1/16 in; 24.13 cm x 5.23875 cm
lower joint: 10 in x 1 7/8 in; 25.4 cm x 4.7625 cm
bell: 4 9/16 in x 3 3/8 in; 11.58875 cm x 8.5725 cm
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accession number
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Credit Line
Gift of the Estate of Mrs. Elizabeth Guinan in memory of George Weber
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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