5-Keyed Clarinet

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Description (Brief)
This clarinet was made by William Whitely in Utica, New York around 1829 to 1831. It is a 5-keyed clarinet in C, made of boxwood with ivory ferrules and square brass keys. This clarinet is stamped:


William Whiteley (1789-1871) made wind instruments in Utica from 1810 to 1853. He is also known for his wind instrument instruction book,“The Instrumental Preceptor: comprising instructions for the clarinet, hautboy, flute and bassoon: with a variety of the most celebrated airs, marches, minuets, songs, rondeaus, trios, &c.,” published by Seward &Williams in 1816.
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Date made
Whiteley, William
Physical Description
boxwood (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
brass (overall material)
overall: 21 in x 3 1/2 in; 53.34 cm x 8.89 cm
barrel: 2 5/16 in x 1 3/8 in; 5.87375 cm x 3.4925 cm
upper joint: 7 7/8 in x 1 3/4 in; 20.0025 cm x 4.445 cm
lower joint: 9 1/2 in x 1 3/4 in; 24.13 cm x 4.445 cm
bell: 4 in x 3 7/16 in; 10.16 cm x 8.73125 cm
mouthpiece: 3 1/2 in x 7/8 in; 8.89 cm x 2.2225 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Goshorn and Mr. & Mrs. William Barbour
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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