Object StatementClarinet, six keys, boxwood / ivory / brass / ebony with case, made by John Cramer, London, 1790-1796
Physical DescriptionClarinet of boxwood with six brass keys with square heads, the mouth piece (-1) is ebony, tapered and flattened for the reed, although there is no reed brace, the tenon joint (-6), is a short tapered joint, both ends have ivory collars, the first middle joint (-2) has three uncovered finger holes and three keyed holes, with square head, brass levered keys, 'blocks' have been left on the shaft of the joint for key attachments, the second middle joint (-3) has a short straight shaft with a bulbous ivory collar at the top, three uncovered finger holes and the bottom join bound in red and green waxed thread, the third middle joint has a finial like top - a swelling with an ivory band, one uncovered finger hole and three keyed holes with square headed brass keys on long levers, the joint is bound in red waxed thread. The foot joint (-5) is a conical shaped bell, with ivory bands top and bottom(the top band is split through and loose).Silver metal reed cover (-8)
MarksMakers mark stamped on the front of first middle joint (-2), "CRAMER/LONDON", with a symbol of a unicorns head. Makers mark on the top of the shaft (-3), stamped, "CRAMER/LONDON" symbol of a unicorns head, "DACRE. STRT./WESTR.". Makers mark, stamped on middle joint (-4) "CRAMER/LONDON" with a symbol of a unicorns head. Makers mark and information stamped on foot joint (-5) , "CRAMER/LONDON/SUCCESSOR/TO/G.MILLER" with a symbol of a unicorns head.