Hopkins 5-Keyed Clarinet

Hopkins 5-Keyed Clarinet

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Description (Brief)

This clarinet was made by Asa Hopkins in Litchfield, Connecticut around 1829 to 1838. It is a 5-keyed clarinet in B-flat, made of boxwood with ivory ferrules and square brass keys. This clarinet is stamped:


Asa Hopkins (1779-1838) began his career as a clockmaker from about 1810 to 1825. Hopkins moved his shop to a location on the Naugatuck River and began making musical instruments in 1829. A lathe attributed to the workshop of Asa Hopkins is in the museum’s Mechanical and Civil Engineering collection (Cat. #333592).

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Object Name
Date made
Hopkins, Asa
place made
United States: Connecticut, Litchfield
Physical Description
boxwood (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
brass (overall material)
overall: 23 1/2 in x 3 1/4 in; 59.69 cm x 8.255 cm
barrel: 2 5/8 in x 1 7/16 in; 6.6675 cm x 3.65125 cm
upper joint: 4 3/4 in x 1 7/16 in; 12.065 cm x 3.65125 cm
middle joint: 8 7/8 in x 1 7/8 in; 22.5425 cm x 4.7625 cm
upper joint: 10 3/16 in x 1 7/8 in; 25.87625 cm x 4.7625 cm
bell: 4 7/8 in x 3 5/16 in; 12.3825 cm x 8.41375 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Wesleyan University
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Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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