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William Whiteley 10-Keyed Clarinet

William Whiteley 10-Keyed Clarinet

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Description (Brief)

This clarinet was made by William Whiteley in Utica, New York around 1829 to 1831. It is a 10-keyed clarinet in D made of boxwood with ivory ferrules and nickel silver keys. The clarinet is stamped:


William Whiteley (1789-1871) made wind instruments in Utica, New York from 1810 to 1853. He is also known for his wind instrument instruction book, The Instrumental Preceptor: comprising instructions for the clarinet, hautboy, flute and bassoon: with a variety of the most celebrated airs, marches, minuets, songs, rondeaus, trios, &c., published by Seward &Williams in 1816.

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musical instruments
Date made
place made
United States: New York, Utica
Physical Description
boxwood (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
nickel silver (overall material)
overall: 18 in x 2 5/8 in; 45.72 cm x 6.6675 cm
mouthpiece: 2 3/4 in x 1 in; 6.985 cm x 2.54 cm
barrel: 1 7/8 in x 1 1/4 in; 4.7625 cm x 3.175 cm
upper joint: 6 15/16 in x 1 1/4 in; 17.62125 cm x 3.175 cm
lower joint: 7 1/2 in x 1 3/8 in; 19.05 cm x 3.4925 cm
bell: 3 7/8 in x 2 11/16 in; 9.8425 cm x 6.82625 cm
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National Museum of American History
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