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Clarinets, Saxophones, and Related Instruments

  • The MFA’s Musical Instruments Collection contains over 1,100 examples from around the world, ranging from ancient times to the twenty-first century. Explore a selection of clarinets, saxophones and related instruments from the Museum’s holdings.

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  • Clarinet in B-flat

    about 1780–90
    Heinrich Carl Tölcke (1720–1798)

    Object Place: Braunschweig, Germany

    Description

    Boxwood body in four parts: barrel, upper and lower body, and bell. No ferrules. Mouthpiece of ebony. Seven fingerholes and one thumbhole. Six square keys (Young type F) of brass (e, f-sharp, g-sharp, a’, a-shake’, and speaker), mounted on rings and blocks with springs attached to keys. Pitched in B-flat.

    Inscription

    Stamped on bell: H.C. TOLCKE / BRONSVIG; stamped on all other joints: H. C. TOLCKE

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 66.2. cm (26 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1875

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, brass

    Not On View

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  • Clarinet in A and B-flat

    about 1794
    Michel Amlingue (French, active 1782–after 1830)

    Object Place: Paris, France

    Description

    Music: Du Sieur Abraham from Nouveaux recueils pour une clarinette seule by Abraham, about 1789 (performed by Diane Heffner)

    Inscription

    Stamped on all joints: AMLINGUE / A PARIS / B; stamped on alternate barrel, and upper and middle bodyjoints: AMLINGUE / A PARIS / A; stamped on mouthpiece: [six-point star] / DUBOST / [six-point star]; engraved on brass plate on case: Bryant P. Tilden.

    Provenance

    1794, sold by source unidentified, Bordeaux, France, to Captain Bryant P. Tilden (d. 1859), through his music teacher, D'Anglebert. By 1938, acquired by Mrs. Henry B. Chapin, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts; 1938, gift of Chapin to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 8, 1938)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Henry B. Chapin

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 71.7 cm (28 1/4 in.) with A sections; 68.3 cm (26 7/8 in.) with sections

    Accession Number

    38.1750

    Medium or Technique

    Ebony, ivory, brass

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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    Europe, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Clarinet in A

    about 1800–10
    Bland & Weller (English, active about 1792–about 1818 English)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    In A. Boxwood, stained light yellow-brown. Ivory rings. Blackwood mouthpiece. Made in six parts: mouthpiece, barrel, upper, lower, and middle bodyjoints, and bell. Seven fingerholes and one thumbhole. Five square keys (Young type A) of brass (e, f-sharp, g-sharp, a’, and speaker), mounted on rings with SATK. Blackwood mouthpiece cover (not original).

    Inscription

    Stamped on all joints except lower body: A. BLAND & WELLER / No. 23 / OXFORD STREET

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 68.4 cm (26 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1874

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, ivory, brass

    Not On View

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    Europe, Musical Instruments

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  • Clarinet in C

    about 1815
    Hermann Wrede (active 1810–1857)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    In C. Boxwood, varnished light yellow-brown. Ivory rings. Blackwood mouthpiece with boxwood cover. Made in six parts: mouthpiece, barrel, upper, middle, and lower bodyjoints, and bell. Seven fingerholes and one thumbhole. Six square keys (Young type A) of brass (e, f-sharp, g-sharp, a’, a-shake’, and speaker), mounted on rings and blocks with SATK. Mahogany-veneered case with black cloth lining (held in place by brass tacks), three used reeds, and three strips of manuscript music.

    Inscription

    Stamped on bell: [unicorn head] / H. WREDE / 15 / ST IOHNS - SQUARE / CLERKENWELL / LONDON / C; stamped on all other joints: H. WREDE / LONDON

    Provenance

    1975, gift of Robert H. Delucia, Chicago, Illinois, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 11, 1975)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mr. Robert H. Delucia

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 57.9 cm (22 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1975.348

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, ivory, brass

    Not On View

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  • Clarinet in C

    about 1815
    Harley Hosford (American, died in 1822 American)

    Object Place: Albany, New York, United States

    Description

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

    Inscription

    Stamped on all joints except upper body: H. HOSFORD, / ALBANY.

    Provenance

    1977, sold by the estate of Edwin M. Ripin (1930-1975), Forest Hills, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 9, 1977)

    Credit Line

    Edwin M. Ripin Collection, Friends of the Collection Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 59.5 cm (23 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.69

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, ivory, brass

    Not On View

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    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

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  • Clarinet in C

    about 1820
    Clementi & Co. (English, active 1802–1831)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    Music: Excerpt from Andante from Concerto No. 2 in G by John Mahon, about 1775 (performed by Diane Heffner)

    Inscription

    Stamped on barrel and bell: CLEMENTI & CO / LONDON; stamped on upper, middle, and lower bodyjoints: CLEMENTI & CO

    Provenance

    1966, sold by Harold Priest, Harvard, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 13, 1982)

    Credit Line

    William Lindsey Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 59.1 cm (23 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    66.1131

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, ivory, brass

    Not On View

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  • Clarinet in C

    about 1825
    Distributed by Klemm & Brothers (American, 1819–about 1880 American)

    Object Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

    Description

    In C. Boxwood, varnished medium brown. Horn rings. Cocuswood (?) mouthpiece (later). Seven fingerholes and one thumbhole. Five square keys (Young type A) of brass (e, f-sharp, g-sharp, a’, and speaker), mounted on blocks with SATK.

    Inscription

    Stamped on upper bodyjoint: KLEMM / PHILADA

    Provenance

    1973, sold by Collectiques, Gloria S. Farmer (proprietor), Bedford, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 14, 1973)

    Credit Line

    Purchase funds donated by Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Bybee and Mrs. Edmund Rice

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 59.1 cm (23 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1973.157

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, horn, brass

    Not On View

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  • Clarinet in C

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

    Object Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

    Description

    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.

    Inscription

    Stamped on upper bodyjoint: KLEMM / PHILADA

    Provenance

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 58 cm (22 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1975.28

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, ivory, brass

    Not On View

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  • Clarinet in B-flat

    1823–50
    Benjamin S. Clemens (American, active 1823–1850 American)

    Object Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

    Description

    In B-flat. Boxwood, varnished light yellow-brown. Ivory rings. Blackwood mouthpiece. Made in six parts: mouthpiece, barrel, upper, middle, and lower bodyjoints, and bell. Seven fingerholes and one thumbhole. Five square keys (Young type A) of brass (e, f-sharp, g-sharp, a’, and speaker), mounted on rings with SATK.

    Inscription

    Stamped on all joints except barrel: B. S. CLEMENS / PHILADA

    Provenance

    Before the 1940s, apparently sold by an antique shop, Pennsylvania. By the 1940s, gift of source unidentified to the Sheas, Philadelphia; 1972, by descent to their daughter, Lindsay D. Shea, Brooklyn, New York; 1991, gift of Shea to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 18, 1991)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Lindsay D. Shea

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 67.2 cm (26 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1991.775

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, ivory, brass

    Not On View

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  • Clarinet in B-flat

    about 1830
    William Whiteley (American, 1789–1871 American)

    Object Place: Utica, New York, United States

    Description

    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.

    Inscription

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

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Alice M. Bartlett Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 66.5 cm (26 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1982.328

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, ivory, brass

    Not On View

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  • Clarinet in C

    about 1835
    Graves & Co. (American, active 1824–1869)

    Object Place: Winchester, New Hampshire, United States

    Description

    In C. Boxwood, varnished dark brown. Ivory rings. Cocuswood mouthpiece. 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, a’, a-shake’, and speaker), mounted on blocks with SATK. Used reed and old string for tying on.

    Inscription

    Stamped on upper bodyjoint and bell: [eagle] / GRAVES & C / WINCHESTER / N. H. / C; stamped on barrel, and middle and lower bodyjoints: GRAVES & C / WINCHESTER / N. H.

    Provenance

    1983, sold by Wurlitzer-Bruck, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 15, 1983)

    Credit Line

    Mary Smith Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 59.9 cm (23 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1983.260

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, ivory, brass

    Not On View

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  • Clarinet in C

    1830–45
    Distributed by Henry H. Prentiss (American, 1801–1860 American)

    Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    In C. Boxwood, varnished light yellow-brown. Ivory rings. Cocuswood mouthpiece (later). Made in six parts: mouthpiece, barrel, upper, middle, and lower bodyjoints, and bell. Seven fingerholes and one thumbhole. Twelve domed keys of brass (e, f-sharp, g-sharp, b-flat, b, c-sharp’, e-flat’, f’, g- sharp’, a’, a-shake’, and speaker), mounted on blocks with SATK.

    Inscription

    Stamped on upper bodyjoint and bell: [eagle] / PRENTISS / COURT ST / BOSTON; stamped on barrel and lower bodyjoint: PRENTISS / COURT ST / BOSTON

    Provenance

    1979, sold by Robert J. Resnick, Burlington, Vermont, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 14, 1979)

    Credit Line

    Samuel Putnam Avery Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 57.9 cm (22 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1979.536

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, ivory, brass

    Not On View

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  • Clarinet in B-flat

    about 1880
    Rivière & Hawkes (English, 1876–1889 English)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    In B-flat. Varnished rosewood. Nickel-silver rings. Rosewood mouthpiece and cap. Made in five parts: mouthpiece, barrel, upper and lower bodyjoints, and bell. Six fingerholes and one thumbhole. Thirteen cupped keys of nickel silver (e, f, f-sharp, g-sharp, b-flat, b, c’-sharp, e’-flat, f’, g-sharp’, a’, a-shake’, and speaker, mounted on posts.

    Inscription

    Stamped on barrel: RIVIERE & HAWKES / 28 LEICESTER SQ RE / LONDON

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 67.2 cm (26 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1877

    Medium or Technique

    Rosewood, nickel silver

    Not On View

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  • Clarinet in B-flat (Albert system)

    1930
    Buffet-Crampon & Cie (French, active 1859–1981 French)

    Object Place: Paris, France

    Description

    In B-flat (high-pitch). Varnished blackwood. Nickel silver rings, keys, ligature, and mouthpiece cover. Blackwood mouthpiece. Made in five parts: mouthpiece, barrel, upper and lower bodyjoint, and bell. Six fingerholes and one thumbhole. Albert system. Leather storage bag.

    Inscription

    Stamped on barrel, lower bodyjoint, and bell: [lyre] / BUFFET / Crampon & Cie / A PARIS / [maker's monogram]; stamped on back of lower bodyjoint: 6680; stamped on upper bodyjoint: [lyre] / BUFFET / Crampon & Cie / A PARIS / [maker's monogram] / BREVETES / S.G.D.G.

    Provenance

    Before 1937, Henry Belcher; 1937, by descent to his great-nephew, Dale Higbee, Salisbury, North Carolina; 1986, gift of Higbee to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 17, 1986)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Dale Higbee

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 64.4 cm (25 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1986.801

    Medium or Technique

    Blackwood, nickel silver

    Not On View

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  • Clarinet in B-flat (Mazzeo system)

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

    Object Place: Paris, France

    Description

    In B-flat. Varnished blackwood. Nickel silver rings, keys, ligature, and mouthpiece cover. Plastic mouthpiece. 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 reverse 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 barrel and lower bodyjoint: [maker's mark] / H. SELMER / A / PARIS / [maker'monogram]; stamped on mouthpiece and cover: [surrounded by laurel wreath: HENRI / SELMER / PARIS / MADE IN FRANCE; stamped on table of mouthpiece: table HS; scratched on side of mouthpiece: F. V.; stamped on back of mouthpiece cover: MADE IN FRANCE; stamped on barrel and scratched on bodyjoints: 2370; stamped on ligature: M / MARTIN / FRANCE; stamped on extra barrel: [surrounded by laurel wreath: HENRI / SELMER / PARIS] / [five-point star]

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 70.9 cm (27 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1986.679

    Medium or Technique

    Blackwood, nickel silver

    Not On View

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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

    Description

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 74.5 cm (29 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1986.680

    Medium or Technique

    Blackwood, nickel silver

    Not On View

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  • Clarinet in E-flat

    about 1800
    Goulding & Co. (English, about 1786–1834)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    Body of boxwood in five parts: barrel, upper, middle, and lower body, and bell. Ferrules of ivory. Mouthpiece of ebony. Six fingerholes and one thumbhole. Five square keys (Young type F) of brass (e, f-sharp, g-sharp, a’, a-shake’, and speaker), mounted on blocks with springs attached to keys. Pitched in E-flat.

    Inscription

    Stamped on bell: [maker's mark] / GOULDING / No. 45 / PALL MALL / LONDON; stamped on upper and middle bodyjoint: GOULDING & Co.; stamped on lower bodyjoint: GOULDING

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 49.1 cm (19 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1873

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, ivory, brass

    Not On View

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  • Clarinet in E-flat

    about 1840–50

    Object Place: Europe

    Description

    In E-flat. Boxwood, varnished light orange-brown. Horn rings. Blackwood mouthpiece. Made in five parts: mouthpiece, barrel, upper 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. Used reed tied on with old string.

    Provenance

    1982, sold by Wurlitzer-Bruck, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 13, 1982)

    Credit Line

    William E. Nickerson Fund, No. 2

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 47.3 cm (18 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1982.133

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, horn, brass

    Not On View

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  • Basset-horn in F

    1791
    Jakob Friedrich Grundmann (German, 1727–1800 German)

    Object Place: Dresden, Germany

    Description

    In F. Boxwood, stained light yellow-brown. Horn rings. Brass bell. Cocuswood mouthpiece (later). Made in seven parts: mouthpiece, barrel (bent backward), upper bodyjoint, knee (120-degree bend), lower bodyjoint, kasten, and bell. Six fingerholes and one thumbhole. Seven square keys (Young type C) of brass (c, e, f-sharp, f, g-sharp, a’, and speaker), mounted on rings with SATK.

    Inscription

    Stamped on kasten: [crossed swords] / GRUNDMAN / DRESDEN / 1791 / 2; stamped on upper bodyjoint: [crossed swords] / GRUNDMANN / 1; stamped on lower bodyjoint: [crossed swords] / GRUNDMANN / 2; stamped on knee: [crossed swords]; stamped on mouthpiece: SAX

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Approximate length of air column 110 cm (43 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1881

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, horn, brass

    Not On View

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  • Basset-horn in F

    about 1810–18
    Raymund Griesbacher (Austrian, 1751 or 1752–1818 Austrian)

    Object Place: Vienna, Austria

    Description

    In F. Boxwood, varnished dark brown. Ivory rings and mouthpiece (later). Brass bell. Made in eight parts: mouthpiece, barrel, upper bodyjoint, knee (120-degree bend), middle and lower bodyjoints, kasten, and bell. Six fingerholes (the third doubled) and one thumbhole. Eight original square keys Young tyep A) of brass (c, d, e, f, f-sharp, g-sharp, a’ and speaker), mounted on rings brass saddles with SATK. Six later keys (b-flat, b, c-sharp’, e- flat’, f’, and g-sharp’), mounted on brass saddles with SATK.

    Inscription

    Stamped on kasten and upper bodyjoint: [crown] / GRIES / BACHER / K.K. HOF / INSTR. MACHER / IN WIEN / 2; stamped on barrel, and middle and lower bodyjoints: [crown] / GRIES / BACHER / 2; stamped on mouthpiece: 5

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Approximate length of air column 110 cm (43 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1882

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, ivory, brass

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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  • Basset-horn in E-flat

    about 1820
    Grenser & Wiesner (German, 1817–1826 German)

    Object Place: Dresden, Germany

    Description

    In E-flat. Boxwood, varnished dark brown. Ivory rings. Horn knee. Brass bell. Cocuswood mouthpiece (later). Made in seven parts: mouthpiece, barrel (later), upper bodyjoint, knee (120-degree bend), lower bodyjoint, kasten, and bell. Six fingerholes and one thumbhole. Sixteen square keys (Young type C) of brass (c, c-sharp, d, e-flat, f, f-sharp, g-sharp, b-flat, b, c-sharp’, e- flat’, f’, g-sharp, a’, and speaker), mounted on rings, blocks, and brass saddles. At least five keys (b-flat, b, c-sharp’, e-flat’, and f’), mounted on brass saddles, appear to be later.

    Inscription

    Stamped on kasten: [crown] / H. GRESNER / & WIESNER / DRESDEN; stamped on upper and lower bodyjoints: [crown] / H. GRESNER / & WIESNER

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Approximate length of air column 118.5 cm (46 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1883

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, horn, ivory, brass

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  • Bass clarinet in C

    about 1820
    Nicola Papalini (Italian, active about 1800–1825 Italian)

    Object Place: Chiaravalle, Italy

    Description

    In C. Pearwood, varnished dark brown. Horn rings. Rosewood mouthpiece (later). Made in five parts: mouthpiece, crook, barrel, body, and bell. The body is carved from two separate slabs to make possible the forming of the bore of serpentine shape; the halves are glued together and fastened by iron pins. Nine fingerholes in the front (the second and eighth doubled; the first and fifth stopped by the middle joints of the fingers) two thumbholes, and one venthole in bell. Five square keys (Young type A) of brass (e, f#, g#, a’, and speaker), mounted on blocks with springs attached to keys.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 68 cm (26 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1879

    Medium or Technique

    Pearwood, horn, brass

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    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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  • Alto clarinet in F

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

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 87 cm (34 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1878

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, ivory, brass

    Not On View

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  • Bass clarinet in B-flat

    late 19th century

    Object Place: England

    Description

    In B-flat. Boxwood, varnished dark brown. Nickel silver rings, gooseneck crook, and bell. Made in five parts: mouthpiece, crook, upper bodyjoint, buttjoint, and bell (turned upward and outward). Seven fingerholes (the third and fourth stopped by open-standing keys) and one thumbhole. Twenty cupped keys of nickel silver (c, c-sharp, d, e-flat, e„ f, f-sharp, g-sharp, b-flat b X 2, c’, c-sharp’, e-flat’, f’ x 2, g-sharp’, a’, a-shake’, and speaker), mounted on posts and hinge tubes.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Approximate length of air column 155 cm (61 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1880

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, nickel silver

    Not On View

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  • Alto saxophone

    about 1848
    Adolphe Sax (French (born in Belgium), 1814–1894)

    Object Place: Paris, France

    Description

    Alto in E-flat. Conoidal tube of brass with downward bent mouth-pipe and upturned bell; detachable mouthpiece. Eighteen tone-holes of various diameters covered by keys with chamois pads. Two independent octave keys.

    Inscription

    Engraved on bell: Adolphe Sax & Cie. a Paris. 5828

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Approximate length of air column 105 cm (41 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1889

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

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    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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  • Chalumeau (after 18th-century type)

    late 19th century
    Probably by Francis William Galpin (English, 1858–1945)

    Object Place: Hatfield Regis, England

    Description

    Walnut, stained brown. Made in two parts: mouthpiece and body. Eight fingerholes (one stopped with wax) and one thumbhole.

    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

    Copyright

    Reproduced with permission.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 25 cm (9 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1870

    Medium or Technique

    Walnut

    Not On View

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  • Chalumeau (after Johann Christoph Denner, early 18th century)

    late 19th century
    Probably by Francis William Galpin (English, 1858–1945)

    Object Place: Hatfield Regis, England

    Description

    In C. Maple stained dark brown. Made in three parts: long mouthpiece, bodyjoint, and bell. Seven fingerholes (the lowest doubled) and one thumbhole. Two square keys (Young type A) of brass (a’ and b’), mounted on rings with SATK. Mouthpiece cover. The original of this instrument is in the Bavarian National Museum, in Munich.

    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

    Copyright

    Reproduced with permission.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 49.5 cm (19 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1871

    Medium or Technique

    Maple

    Not On View

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  • Clarinet (after Jacob Denner, early 18th century)

    late 19th century
    Probably by Francis William Galpin (English, 1858–1945)

    Object Place: Hatfield Regis, England

    Description

    In C. Oiled walnut. Made in three parts: long mouthpiece, bodyjoint, and bell. Seven fingerholes (the lowest on bell) and one thumbhole. Two square keys (Young type A) of brass (a’ and b-flat’), mounted on rings with SATW. The original of this instrument is in the Museé Instrumental in Brussels, no. 912 in the catalog by Mahillion.

    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

    Copyright

    Reproduced with permission.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 59.4 cm (23 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1872

    Medium or Technique

    Walnut

    Not On View

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