Clarinet, nominal pitch: B♭
Place MadeLondon; England; United Kingdom; Europe
Date MadeCirca 1794
DescriptionTechnical description: Boxwood with ivory ferrules and hallmarked silver keys. Six pieces: mouthpiece, barrel, upper section, middle section for the fingers of the right hand, lower section with keys, bell. Mouthpiece of black wood, long tenon and short table; grooved for cord. Barrel slightly flask-shaped with two ivory ferrules. Upper section: Key-rings of rectangular section, both ornamented with a groove. Speaker liner projects almost to the centre of bore. Middle section: Bulbous ferrule on top, half ivory, half wood, precursor of a thumb rest. Lower section: Levers for L4, tone-hole and key for R4 mounted in an early bulb-shaped swelling. Round ring for the bascule key ornamented with a thin groove. Bevelled key-heads. Bell almost continuous. L0: T; speaker. L1: T; throat A♮. L2: T. L3: T. L4: E₃/B♮₄; F♯₃/C♯₅. R1: T; side trill key for throat A-B♮. R2: T. R3: T. R4: T; G♯₃/E♭₅. Keyhead type: flat square. Keymount type: turned rings; blocks; swelling; leaf springs; SATK. Playing accessories: The reed associated with this instrument has a thick tip and is possibly contemporary. Specific literature references: Baines 1957, p.300. Illustration references: Vol. 1, p.90; Campbell et al. 2004, p.93 Figure 3.9a. Previous ownership: Purchased by H.I. Brackenbury from Benson, Bedford, for £1/0/0. Current ownership: Government allocation to the University 1991. (C.H. Brackenbury Memorial Collection).
Notest.k. dibley, 1992; r. neil, 1986; h. fricke, july 2005.
Measurements659; 601 to top of barrel.
ProvenancePurchased by H.I.|Brackenbury from Benson, Bedford, for £1/0/0.; Government allocation to the University, 1991.
CollectionC.H. Brackenbury Memorial Collection; MIMEd