Conn Albert System Clarinet

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Description (Brief)
This clarinet was made by C.G. Conn in Elkhart, Indiana around 1887 to 1895. It is an Albert System clarinet in B-flat made of ebonite with a double-walled nickel silver bell and barrel. This clarinet is stamped:

MADE BY [/] CONN [/] ELKHART, IND. [/] AND [/] WORCESTER [/] MASS

In a C.G. Conn catalog from 1897, “Mineralized Ebonite Wonder Clarinets” are described:

“Are handsome as well as indestructible instruments. They are made of special mineralized material, are as black as ebony, have a high and permanent polish, are hard, yet light and durable, are impervious to moisture, will neither swell nor warp.”
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1887-1895
maker
C. G. Conn
place made
United States: Indiana, Elkhart
Physical Description
ebonite (overall material)
nickel silver (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 22 1/2 in x 3 in; 57.15 cm x 7.62 cm
cap: 2 7/8 in x 1 3/8 in; 7.3025 cm x 3.4925 cm
mouthpiece: 3 11/16 in x 1 1/2 in; 9.36625 cm x 3.81 cm
barrel: 2 5/8 in x 1 1/4 in; 6.6675 cm x 3.175 cm
upper joint: 8 1/2 in x 1 3/4 in; 21.59 cm x 4.445 cm
lower joint: 9 3/4 in x 1 7/8 in; 24.765 cm x 4.7625 cm
bell: 4 in x 3 1/8 in; 10.16 cm x 7.9375 cm
ID Number
1988.0498.01
accession number
1988.0498
catalog number
1988.0498.01
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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