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Henry Prentiss, Clarinet in C, c.1830-40, Boston


Henry Prentiss did not achieve a stellar reputation as a woodwind maker. However, he was quite the entrepreneur and was in the umbrella business with fife maker Crosby. Despite having not achieved any grand reputation, this boxwood clarinet has a very nice form with pretty turnings in the wood at the end of the joints. There are 8 brass keys with round covers and one with a fishtail touch. The bell section is missing the bottom ring. What remains of the barrel has yet to be discovered – it is likely in pieces and is completely wrapped in cord. Otherwise, what is serving as a barrel may not be original to the instrument. Length without the mouthpiece 498mm.