William Hall & Son 5-Keyed Clarinet

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Description (Brief)
This clarinet was made by William Hall & Son in New York, New York around 1848 to 1875. It is a 5-keyed clarinet in C, made of boxwood with flat, round brass keys. This clarinet is stamped:

WILLIAM HALL & SON [/] 239 BROADWAY [/] N.YORK [/] C

William Hall (1796-1874) began his career as a musical instrument maker’s apprentice and by 1812 was employed by musical instrument maker Edward Riley. Hall formed his own business at Wooster Street in New York in 1820 and at the same time formed a partnership with fellow musical instrument maker, John Firth. By 1832, Hall and Firth were joined by Sylvanus Pond as Firth, Hall & Pond and became a prominent firm of music publishers, manufacturer of woodwinds, pianos, and guitars, and importer of musical goods. After the firm was dissolved in 1847, William Hall & Son continued separately until their company was acquired by Oliver Ditson in 1875.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1848-1875
maker
Hall & Son, William
William Hall & Son
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
boxwood (overall material)
brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 21 in x 2 7/8 in; 53.34 cm x 7.3025 cm
mouthpiece: 3 13/16 in x 1 in; 9.68375 cm x 2.54 cm
barrel: 2 1/8 in x 1 1/4 in; 5.3975 cm x 3.175 cm
upper/middle joint: 11 11/16 in x 1 1/2 in; 29.68625 cm x 3.81 cm
lower joint: 9 in x 1 5/8 in; 22.86 cm x 4.1275 cm
bell: 4 3/16 in x 2 7/8 in; 10.63625 cm x 7.3025 cm
ID Number
MI.75.46
accession number
322695
catalog number
75.46
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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