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Clarinet in A (Mazzeo system)

about 1920; modified about 1955

Henri Selmer & Cie, French, 1885–after 1950 French


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