Clarinet in B-flat

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

Object Place: Braunschweig, Germany


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, brass

Not On View


Musical Instruments



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.


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


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