Martin Frères 13-Keyed Clarinet

Martin Frères 13-Keyed Clarinet

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Description (Brief)

This clarinet was made by Martin Frères in Paris, France around 1878 to 1882. It is a 13-keyed Albert System clarinet in B-flat, made of cocoa wood with German silver ferrules and keys. This clarinet is stamped:


John Howard Foote (1833-1896) was a musical instrument dealer with shops in New York City and Chicago. Martin Frères was one of the many brands sold through his shops. This make and style of clarinet (#5288), or “clarionet,” as listed in an 1880 J. Howard Foote catalog sold for $29.40.

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Object Name
Date made
Martin Freres
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
Physical Description
cocoa wood (overall material)
German silver (overall material)
cap: 2 7/8 in x 1 1/4 in; 7.3025 cm x 3.175 cm
mouthpiece: 3 9/16 in x 1/2 in; 9.04875 cm x 1.27 cm
barrel: 2 1/8 in x 1 1/4 in; 5.3975 cm x 3.175 cm
upper joint: 8 3/4 in x 1 7/8 in; 22.225 cm x 4.7625 cm
lower joint: 9 13/16 in x 2 in; 24.92375 cm x 5.08 cm
bell: 4 5/16 in x 3 1/4 in; 10.95375 cm x 8.255 cm
overall: 22 1/2 in x 3 1/4 in; 57.15 cm x 8.255 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of J. Howard Foote
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Data Source
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