Buffet-Crampon 13-Keyed Clarinet

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Description (Brief)
This clarinet was made by Buffet-Crampon & Cie in Paris, France in 1893. It is a 16-keyed clarinet in A, serial #1H84, made of granadilla with nickel silver ferrules and keys. This clarinet is stamped:

[lyre] [/] BUFFET [/] Crampon & Cie. [/] A PARIS [/] MADE FOR WILLIAMS [/] TORONTO [/] MADE IN FRANCE [/] LP

This clarinet was made for and sold by the R. S. Williams & Sons music company in Toronto, Canada. The company was formed by Richard Sugden Williams (1834-1906) around 1855. It remained as a store-front business until the mid-20th century and as a warehouse-type operation until the early 1950s.
Location
Currently not on view
maker
Buffet-Crampon & Cie.
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
Physical Description
grenadilla (overall material)
nickel silver (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 24 1/4 in x 3 1/8 in; 61.595 cm x 7.9375 cm
cap: 2 1/2 in x 1 1/4 in; 6.35 cm x 3.175 cm
mouthpiece: 3 1/4 in x 1 3/8 in; 8.255 cm x 3.4925 cm
barrel/upper joint: 10 3/4 in x 1 13/16 in; 27.305 cm x 4.60375 cm
bell: 4 3/16 in x 3 3/16 in; 10.63625 cm x 8.09625 cm
music lyre: 1 in x 2 3/16 in x 6 3/4 in; 2.54 cm x 5.55625 cm x 17.145 cm
mount: 5/16 in x 1 5/8 in x 2 1/8 in; .79375 cm x 4.1275 cm x 5.3975 cm
ID Number
MI.75.48
accession number
316379
catalog number
75.48
Credit Line
Gift of Lt. Col. Benjamin T. Layton
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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