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Clarinet in B-flat (Albert system)

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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.


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.


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


Object Place

Paris, France


Length 64.4 cm (25 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Blackwood, nickel silver


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones