Clarinet – WHITAKER


Category Clarinets
Marks and inscriptions [a crown]
Period 1750-1830
Place of origin England
Description Boxwood clarinet in C with 8 keys
Materials Boxwood , ivory, brass
Dimensions Total length 589 mm
Weight 340 g
Condition Restored
Price (€) €1,450
Ref 147



Clarinet – Whitaker

On sale is a delightful, boxwood clarinet in C made by WHITAKER LONDON. According to Waterhouse, William ‘A Dictionary of Musical Wind-Instrument Makers and Inventors’, Whitaker can be traced as an instrument maker between the late 18th century and 1837. Since the signature does not include the addition ‘& Co’, which was used later, from 1819 onwards, the date of this clarinet’s creation is shortly before 1819, since it is already a fully equipped instrument with eight keys. The instrument features brass keys and ivory rings and possibly its original mouthpiece. It has been fully cleaned and restored. It would need a new mouthpiece to be played professionally again.

Important note

This instrument contains ivory. A certificate for the legal sale of this instrument within the European Union is supplied when purchased. For those based outside the European Union, we can arrange a CITES for its legal exportation and importation.


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