Henderson N. White Co. Boehm System Clarinet

Henderson N. White Co. Boehm System Clarinet

Description (Brief)
This clarinet was made by Henderson N. White Co. in Cleveland, Ohio around 1950 to 1953. It is a Boehm System clarinet in B-flat, Gladiator model, serial #FF982, made of nickel silver plated brass. This clarinet is engraved:

The [/] Gladiator [/] MADE BY [/] THE [/] H.N. WHITE CO. [/] CLEVELAND [/] OHIO

The H.N. White Company produced its “Gladiator” line of band instruments from 1940-1941 and 1950-1953. The “Gladiator” brand included cornets, trumpets, clarinets, and trombones and were high quality instruments at a lower price. An H.N. White advertisement from 1941 indicates:

“The constant increase in the number and sizes of School Bands has created a demand for a quality line of low priced AMERICAN MADE Band Instruments for students and beginners who cannot afford to purchase the higher priced instruments.

In response to this demand we have created the GLADIATOR Line consisting of Trumpet - Cornet - Trombone and Clarinet - each designed to give the student a better instrument in the low price range to enable him to progress faster and become a better player.”
Currently not on view
Date made
White Co, Henderson N
Henderson N. White Co.
place made
United States: Ohio, Cleveland
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
nickel silver (overall material)
overall: 23 5/8 in x 3 1/16 in; 60.0075 cm x 7.77875 cm
overall: 23 3/4 in x 3 in; 60.325 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Russell C. Wilde
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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