As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are temporarily closed. We are not announcing a reopening date at this time and will provide updates on our website and social media.

10-Keyed Clarinet

10-Keyed Clarinet

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
Downloads
Description (Brief)

This clarinet was made by an unknown maker, possibly in England around 1800 to 1825. It is a 10-keyed clarinet in C, made of boxwood with German silver ferrules and keys. The top section and bell are stamped with a “unicorn head.”

A number of English instrument makers of the era stamped their instruments with a unicorn head, which is an emblem of British royalty.

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
clarinet
Date made
1800-1825
place made
United Kingdom: England
Physical Description
boxwood (overall material)
German silver (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 20 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in; 52.07 cm x 6.985 cm
barrel: 1 11/16 in x 1 1/4 in; 4.28625 cm x 3.175 cm
upper joint: 8 1/8 in x 1 5/8 in; 20.6375 cm x 4.1275 cm
lower joint: 8 7/8 in x 2 in; 22.5425 cm x 5.08 cm
bell: 4 1/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 10.795 cm x 6.985 cm
ID Number
MI.66.087
catalog number
66.087
accession number
254480
See more items in
Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Clarinets
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.

Note: Comment submission on our collection pages is temporarily unavailable. Please check back soon!

If you have a question or require a personal response, please visit our FAQ or contact page.