Albert System Clarinet, used by Barney Bigard

Albert System Clarinet, used by Barney Bigard

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This clarinet was made by Henri Farney & Cie. in Paris , France around 1925 to 1927. It is an Albert System clarinet in B-flat, made of granadilla with nickel silver ferrules and keys. This clarinet is stamped:

HENRY FARNY
ET CIE
PARIS
MODELE SUPERIEUR

Henry Farny instruments were manufactured in France and sold by the Wurlitzer Company. This clarient was previously used by American jazz clarinetist, Barney Bigard (1906-1980) when he joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1927.

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
clarinet
date made
ca 1925-1927
1920s
1920-1930
ca 1925-1935
user
Bigard, Barney
maker
Henri Farny et Cie
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
grenadilla (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 26 1/2 in x 3 1/8 in; 67.31 cm x 7.9375 cm
clarinet: 23 in x 2 1/4 in; 58.42 cm x 5.715 cm
bell: 4 3/16 in x 3 1/8 in; 10.63625 cm x 7.9375 cm
ID Number
2013.0215.01
accession number
2013.0215
catalog number
2013.0215.01
Credit Line
Gift of Dennis Levin
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Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Clarinets
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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