Henry Pourcelle 13-Keyed Clarinet

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Description (Brief)
This clarinet was sold by C. Bruno & Son in New York, and made in France around 1865 to 1890. It is a 13-keyed clarinet in B-flat, made of ebony with German silver finger holes, ferrules and keys. This clarinet is stamped:

[boat logo] [/] HENRY POURCELLE [/] PARIS [/] FRANCE [/] B

“Henry Pourcelle” was a trade name used for clarinet sold by Charles Bruno & Son in New York. This clarinet is listed in a 1890s C. Bruno & Son catalog as:

“No. 58 Ebony, 13 German Silver Keys, 2 rings……….Each $29.00”
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1800-1899
maker
Pourcelle, Henry
C. Bruno & Son
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
Physical Description
ebony (overall material)
german silver (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 22 1/2 in x 3 in; 57.15 cm x 7.62 cm
cap: 2 3/4 in x 1 in x 1 1/8 in; 6.985 cm x 2.54 cm x 2.8575 cm
mouthpiece: 3 1/2 in x 1 1/8 in; 8.89 cm x 2.8575 cm
barrel: 2 5/8 in x 1 5/16 in; 6.6675 cm x 3.33375 cm
upper joint: 8 3/8 in x 2 in; 21.2725 cm x 5.08 cm
lower joint: 9 3/4 in x 2 1/8 in; 24.765 cm x 5.3975 cm
bell: 4 1/8 in x 3 1/8 in; 10.4775 cm x 7.9375 cm
ID Number
MI.66.091
catalog number
66.091
accession number
272356
Credit Line
Gift of Robert E. Sheldon
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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