I’ve purchased this clarinet that is over 200 years old. Here’s the description:
A rare 6 keyed ivory mounted boxwood clarinet in Bb stamped on all joints: Cahusac, London. Unrestored condition. Pinned and repaired bell, barrel is missing, one key and one half of a key are missing. Interesting owner’s initials engraved in one of the keys: RW. Measurements: – total length without barrel 55.7 cm – diameter of bell 8.4 cm .
The piece is not playable which is a departure from my other vintage instrument purchases but it really is a curiosity piece. I was looking at the Early Musical Instrument Web site when I found this instrument. It looks like most of the instruments are sold now which is kind of sad in a way. But I’m sure they went to the hands of fine musicians or instrument collectors.
This instrument will join my collection of metal clarinets and such. I might even get Suzy to turn a replacement barrel just for fun.