5-Keyed Clarinet

Description (Brief)
This clarinet was made by William Whiteley 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:

WHITELEY [/] UTICA

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.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1830-1853
maker
Whiteley, William
Physical Description
boxwood (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 21 1/4 in x 3 1/2 in; 53.975 cm x 8.89 cm
upper joint: 9 9/16 in x 1 3/8 in; 24.28875 cm x 3.4925 cm
lower joint: 12 5/16 in x 3 in; 31.27375 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
MI.60.0278
catalog number
60.0278
accession number
226039
Credit Line
Gift of William Bianco
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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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