Clarinet in C

about 1815
Hermann Wrede (active 1810–1857)

Object Place: London, England


Length 57.9 cm (22 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, ivory, brass

Not On View


Musical Instruments



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.


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


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

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. Robert H. Delucia