Ashton 5-Keyed Clarinet

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Description (Brief)
This clarinet was made by John Ashton in Boston, Massachusetts around 1825 to 1834. It is a 5-keyed clarinet in C, made of boxwood with ivory ferrules and brass keys. This clarinet is stamped:

[eagle] [/] J. ASHTON [/] BOSTON [/] C

John Ashton was a music publisher and dealer of musical instruments at 197 Washington Street in Boston Massachusetts from around 1819 to 1844. This clarinet was likely made by a nearby wind instrument maker for sale in Ashton’s store.
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Ashton, John
Ashton, John
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
Physical Description
boxwood (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
brass (overall material)
overall: 21 in x 3 in; 53.34 cm x 7.62 cm
cap: 2 1/8 in x 1 5/16 in; 5.3975 cm x 3.33375 cm
mouthpiece/barrel: 4 5/8 in x 1 3/8 in; 11.7475 cm x 3.4925 cm
upper/lower joint: 16 3/8 in x 1 3/4 in; 41.5925 cm x 4.445 cm
bell: 4 in x 2 1/2 in; 10.16 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Georganna Tucker
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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