Clarinet in B-flat

about 1830
William Whiteley (American, 1789–1871)

Object Place: Utica, New York, United States


Length 66.5 cm (26 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, ivory, brass

Not On View


Americas, Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones

In B-flat. Boxwood, varnished light yellow-brown. Ivory rings. Blackwood mouthpiece (later). Made in six parts: mouthpiece, barrel, upper, middle, and lower bodyjoints, and bell. Seven fingerholes and one thumbhole. Eight round keys (Young type S) of brass (e, f-sharp, g-sharp, c-sharp’, g-sharp’, a’, a- shake’, and speaker), mounted on blocks with SATK. Old (original?) wood case.


Stamped on all joints: WM WHITELEY / UTICA / Bb; stamped on back of bell: THOMAS PELTIER


1982, sold by Harold Priest, Harvard, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 2, 1982)

Credit Line

Alice M. Bartlett Fund