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Graves & Co. 5-Keyed Clarinet

Graves & Co. 5-Keyed Clarinet

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Description (Brief)

This clarinet was made by Samuel Graves & Co. in Winchester, new Hampshire around 1830 to 1832. It is a 5-keyed clarinet in C made of boxwood with ivory ferrules and brass keys. The clarinet’s bell is stamped:


Samuel Graves (1794-1878) formed his musical instrument making firm in West Fairlee, Vermont, in 1824. Graves opened a new workshop in Winchester, New Hampshire near the Ashuelot River in 1830. The dam on the river provided the shop of Graves & Co. the source for its water-powered machinery.

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Object Name
Date made
date made
Graves & Co.
Samuel Graves & Co.
place made
United States: New Hampshire, Winchester
Physical Description
boxwood (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
brass (overall material)
overall: 21 in x 2 7/8 in; 53.34 cm x 7.3025 cm
mouthpiece: 3 11/16 in x 7/8 in; 9.36625 cm x 2.2225 cm
barrel: 2 1/8 in x 1 3/8 in; 5.3975 cm x 3.4925 cm
upper joint: 8 1/8 in x 1 1/2 in; 20.6375 cm x 3.81 cm
lower joint/bell: 12 5/8 in x 2 15/16 in; 32.0675 cm x 7.46125 cm
ferrule: 7/16 in x 1 3/8 in; 1.11125 cm x 3.4925 cm
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accession number
catalog number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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