Pedler Boehm System Clarinet

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Description (Brief)
This clarinet was made by The Pedler Co. in Elkhart, Indiana around 1919 to 1921. It is a Boehm System clarinet in B-flat, serial #E33169, made of hard rubber with nickel silver ferrules and keys. The barrel is made of rosewood with nickel silver ferrules and is stamped “Renault.” The bell is stamped:

THE PEDLER [/] CO [/] ELKHART, [/] IND

Harry Walter Pedler (1872-1950) was born in England and immigrated to the United States in 1905 as a musical instrument maker. By 1919, Pedler established his musical instrument making firm in Elkhart, Indiana and continued there until his retirement in 1930.

This clarinet was previously owned and used by Harold I. Woolridge (1895-1971), as a member of the Sousa Band from 1924 to 1927.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1919-1921
user
Woolridge, Harold
referenced
Sousa, John Philip
maker
Pedler Co, Harry
The Pedler Company
place made
United States: Indiana, Elkhart
Physical Description
rubber (overall material)
nickel silver (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 23 1/2 in x 3 1/8 in; 59.69 cm x 7.9375 cm
clarinet: 20 in x 2 3/4 in; 50.8 cm x 6.985 cm
bell: 4 3/8 in x 3 1/8 in; 11.1125 cm x 7.9375 cm
ID Number
MI.75.29
accession number
314090
catalog number
75.29
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Richard N. Peterson
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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