Clarinet in E-flat, 5 keys
American, 19th century
By Firth, Hall & Pond
New York, ca. 1845
The clarinet, along with the flute, enjoyed wide popularity as an amateur’s instrument in early 19th-century America. It was also an important member of the military band, which in England and America regularly included “sopranino” clarinets, pitched like this example in
E-flat. The firm of Firth, Hall & Pond was one of the most important 19th-century music dealerships in New York City. The firm not only manufactured woodwind instruments, pianos, and guitars, but also imported a wide selection of musical goods and published sheet music. It was one of the first firms in the country to publish European art music and also introduced works of both Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Stephen Foster.
Stamped on the Barrel and the bell: “FIRTH HALL & POND / FRANKLIN SQE / N- YORK.” Stamped on upper and lower joints: “FIRTH HALL & POND / N- YORK.” The number “1864” is stamped under the maker’s stamp on the upper joint. The instrument is of boxwood, in four sections (plus mouthpiece). Ivory ferrules. Five brass keys mounted with pins in wooden blocks. Overall length 49.3 cm; legth without mouthpiece 43.9 cm.
Collection Purchase: The Maguire Foundation Fund
Accession No. 3300.1971