Selmer Clarinet Case, used by Paquito D'Rivera

Selmer Clarinet Case, used by Paquito D'Rivera

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This clarinet case was made by Selmer in France, 1950s. It is made of wood, covered in black-stained leather, with metal fittings, and red plush interior, and a cast metal "Selmer" badge on the outside of the case. The handle was missing at the time of acquisition. Accessioned with Selmer clarinet used by Paquito D’Rivera (2005.0086.01).

Cuban-born jazz clarinetist, Paquito D’Rivera acquired this clarinet in the late 1950s and continued to use it until he donated the clarinet to the museum in 2005. D-Rivera has received several awards and honors, including twelve Grammys, NEA Jazz Masters, Kennedy Center Living Jazz Legend award, and a National Medal of the Arts in 2005.

Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
leather (overall material)
metal (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
overall: 3 5/8 in x 13 13/16 in x 7 in; 9.2075 cm x 35.08375 cm x 17.78 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Paquito D'Rivera
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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