Martin Frères 6-Keyed Clarinet


This clarinet was made by Martin Frères in Paris, France around 1878 to 1882. It is a 6-keyed clarinet in D, made of boxwood with ivory ferrules and round brass keys. This clarinet is stamped:

[Martin logo]

John Howard Foote (1833-1896) was a musical instrument dealer with shops in New York City and Chicago. Martin Freres was one of the many brands sold through his shops. This make and style of clarinet (#5262), or “clarionet,” as listed in an 1880 J. Howard Foote catalog sold for $6.90.

Date Made: 1878 - 1882

Maker: Martin Freres

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: France: Île-de-France, Paris

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Credit Line: Gift of J. Howard Foote

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MI.055618Accession Number: 11535Catalog Number: 55618

Object Name: clarinet

Physical Description: rosewood (mouth piece material)boxwood (overall material)ivory (ferrules material)brass (overall material)Measurements: cap: 3 in x 2 5/16 in; 7.62 cm x 5.87375 cmmouthpiece: 2 15/16 in x 1 in; 7.46125 cm x 2.54 cmbarrel: 1 3/8 in x 1 1/4 in; 3.4925 cm x 3.175 cmupper joint: 3 5/8 in x 1 3/16 in; 9.2075 cm x 3.01625 cmmiddle joint: 6 5/8 in x 1 3/8 in; 16.8275 cm x 3.4925 cmlower joint: 7 3/8 in x 1 3/4 in; 18.7325 cm x 4.445 cmbell: 3 1/4 in x 2 7/8 in; 8.255 cm x 7.3025 cmoverall: 17 in x 2 7/8 in; 43.18 cm x 7.3025 cm


Record Id: nmah_1119382

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