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Alto clarinet in F

about 1830–35
Thomas Key (active 1800–1853)


Object Place, London, England

Dimensions

Length 87 cm (34 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

17.1878

Medium or Technique

Boxwood, ivory, brass

Not On View

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Aerophones

In F. Boxwood, varnished dark brown. Ivory rings and mouthpiece. Made in six parts: mouthpiece, curved brass crook, upper, middle, and lower bodyjoints, and bell. Six fingerholes and one thumb hole. Ten original square keys (Young type A) of brass (e, f, f-sharp, g-sharp, b, c-sharp', e- flat', a', a-shake', and speaker), mounted on blocks with SATK. Three later keys (b-flat', f', and g-sharp'), mounted on brass saddles with SATK.

Inscription

Stamped on upper and lower bodyjoints: KEY / LONDON / [unicorn head]; stamped on bell: KEY / LONDON / [unicorn head] / CHARING CROSS

Provenance

Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection