Eisenbrant Albert System Clarinet

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Description (Brief)
This clarinet was made by Christian Heinrich Eisenbrandt in Baltimore, Maryland around 1850 to 1861. It is an Albert System clarinet in B-flat, made of rosewood with silver ferrules and keys jeweled with brilliants. The barrel is covered with mother-of-pearl. This clarinet is stamped:

C.H. Eisenbrant [/] BALTIMORE

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
rosewood (overall material)
silver (overall material)
mother-of-pearl (overall material)
overall: 23 in x 3 7/8 in; 58.42 cm x 9.8425 cm
cap: 2 5/8 in x 1 1/8 in; 6.6675 cm x 2.8575 cm
mouthpiece: 3 1/8 in x 1 3/16 in; 7.9375 cm x 3.01625 cm
clarinet: 19 1/2 in x 1 7/8 in; 49.53 cm x 4.7625 cm
bell: 4 1/4 in x 2 15/16 in; 10.795 cm x 7.46125 cm
key: 5/8 in x 2 in x 1 1/8 in; 1.5875 cm x 5.08 cm x 2.8575 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Alice I. Siddall
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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