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Clarinet in A (Mazzeo system)

about 1920; modified about 1955
Henri Selmer & Cie (French, 1885–after 1950 French)


Object Place, Paris, France

Dimensions

Length 74.5 cm (29 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

1986.680

Medium or Technique

Blackwood, nickel silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Aerophones

In A. Varnished blackwood. Nickel silver rings and keys. Mouthpiece missing. Made in five parts: mouthpiece, barrel, upper and lower bodyjoints, and bell. Original 1920s body modified about 1955 to full Boehm-system keywork and rimless bell (Mazzeo system). Extra barrel and hardshell fitted case.

Inscription

Stamped on bell: [surrounded by laurel wreath: HENRI / SELMER / PARIS] / SOLE AGENTS / U.S. & CAN. / Selmer / NEW-YORK / ELKHART / MAZZEO / SYSTEM; stamped on back of bell: MADE IN FRANCE; stamped on upper bodyjoint: [maker's mark] / H. SELMER / A PARIS / [maker's monogram] / BREVETE / S.G.D.G.; stamped on lower bodyjoint: [maker's mark] / H. SELMER / A / PARIS / [maker's monogram]; stamped on barrel: [surrounded by laurel wreath: HENRI / SELMER / PARIS] / A / MADE IN FRANCE; stamped on back of barrel and bodyjoints: 4507; stamped on extra barrel: 14 mm. J

Provenance

1958, sold by Felix (Phil) Viscuglia to his student John Munier, Nashua, New Hampshire; 1986, gift of Munier to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 26, 1986)

Credit Line

Gift of John H. Munier