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Clarinet in B-flat by Graves & Co., Winchester, New Hampshire, ca. 1830

NMM 5821.  Clarinet in B-flat by Graves & Co., Winchester, New Hampshire, ca. 1830 Left side of Graves clarinet Back side of Graves clarinet Right side of Graves clarinet

NMM 5821. Clarinet in B-flat by Graves & Co., Winchester, New Hampshire, ca. 1830. Four sections. Stamped on barrel, top joint, and bottom joint: GRAVES & Co / WINCHESTER / N. H.; on bell: [eagle] / GRAVES & Co / WINCHESTER / N. H. / B. Boxwood, ivory ferrules (one replaced with metal). Eight brass keys with flat, round key covers, mounted in blocks and round rings; springs attached to keys (SATK). Bottom joint stock bulge. Cranked f-sharp/c-sharp2 key. Length (top of barrel to bottom of bell), 598 mm. Rosario Mazzeo Collection, 1995.


Maker's Signature Stamped on Bell

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Maker's stamp on bell

Graves & Company was founded by Samuel Graves (1794-1878) in West Fairlee, Vermont, in 1824. Graves subsequently moved to Wincester, New Hampshire, in order to tap into water power from a dam on the Ashuelot river, and opened a new workshop there in 1830.


Views of Various Keys and Mounts

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Register key
a1 / g-sharp1 key
a-flat / e-flat2 key
lined tonehole

Register key

a1 / g-sharp1 keys

a -flat / e-flat2 key in
bottom joint stock bulge

e / b1 key tone hole
lined with brass

c-sharp 1 / g-sharp 2 key
e-flat 1 / b-flat 2 key

c-sharp1 / g-sharp2 key

e-flat1 / b-flat2 key

Side keys

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e / b1 and f-sharp / c-sharp2 keys
 
spring attached to e / b1 key

e / b1key and cranked
f-sharp / c-sharp2 key

 

Spring attached to e / b1 key
& cranked f-sharp / c-sharp2


Literature:  Deborah Check Reeves, "The Mazzeo System Clarinet: An Historical Review," The Clarinet 26, No. 2 (March 1999), p. 62.

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