Clarinet in C

about 1830
Distributed by Klemm & Brothers (American, 1819–about 1880)

Object Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States


Length 58 cm (22 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, ivory, brass

Not On View


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones

In C. Boxwood varnished light brown. Ivory rings. Blackwood mouthpiece (later) with boxwood cover. Made in six parts: mouthpiece, barrel, upper, middle, and lower bodyjoints, and bell. Seven fingerholes and one thumbhole. Six round keys (Young type S) of brass (e, f-sharp, g-sharp, c-sharp’, a’, and speaker), mounted on blocks with SATK.


Stamped on upper bodyjoint: KLEMM / PHILADA


About 1950, gift of donor's cousin, who operated an antiques shop, Flourtown, Pennsylvania, to Robert E. Lehman, New York; 1975, gift of Lehman to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 12, 1975)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Lehman