This instrument is the earliest clarinet in the collection. It is made of boxwood with brass keys. The ferrules are turned out of the wood. It is in three pieces: the mouthpiece with integral barrel (not original), the body (the upper section of which has a minor but lengthy crack) and the bell (which contains the F3/C5 tone-hole) with flaring bore. The keyhead type is flat and square; the keymounts are needle pins in turned wooden rings. There are no maker’s inscriptions or marks.
Technical description: Boxwood with brass keys. Ferrules turned out of the wood. Three pieces: mouthpiece with integral barrel, body and bell with F₃/C₅ tone-hole. 2 keys. Speaker liner projects almost in the centre of the bore. SATW.
L0: T; speaker.
L1: T; throat A.
Keymount type: needle pins in turned wooden rings. Keyhead type: flat square.
Condition: Upper section cracked.
Repair History: Mouthpiece/barrel a replacement.
Previous ownership: Tony Bingham, London.
H. Fricke, Oct-Dec 2006.
544 with mouthpiece.
Tony Bingham, London.; Bequest of Sir Nicholas Shackleton, 2006.