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Swordstick clarinet. Body of stained boxwood with multiple ridges, carved to resemble bamboo, one thumb hole, six finger holes and two resonance holes. Six wooden keys.The sword is diamond shaped in section and slightly hollow ground, tapering to a sharp point. There are no identifying marks on the blade. The clarinet has two series of stamped circular marks on the upper 'joint' partly encircling it.


sword stick; walking stick; clarinet
Musical Instruments

3 items (description level: top)

422.211.2 (single) clarinets with cylindrical bore, with fingerholes
Broad category
Musical Instruments, Aerophone
Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name:  sword stick; walking stick; clarinet
object name: 
object name (AAT):  clarinet
catalogue title:  422.211.2 (single) clarinets with cylindrical bore, with fingerholes
display title:  422.211.2 (single) clarinets with cylindrical bore, with fingerholes

Germany, Western Europe, Europe
Additional place information
made or collected:  Germany 
Date made
mid-19th century
Additional date information
date made:  mid-19th century 

Materials & techniques
boxwood; iron; horn; bone; vegetable fibre; copper alloy
Additional material & technique information
material: iron (blade)
material: horn (end of handle)
material: bone (end piece)
material: copper alloy (nails)
material: boxwood (overall)
material: vegetable fibre (thread)
overall: 880 mm x 43 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 880 mm x 43 mm

Percy Bull Collection
vendor:  Bull, Mrs  Undefined - 1948-10-15

Further reading
136 (absolute illustrates the instrument)

Related objects
contains sword stick (M15.10.48/120a) contains clarinet; sword sheath (sheath (weapons: accessories)); walking stick (M15.10.48/120b) contains sword stick; walking stick (M15.10.48/120c)
Related subjects
association: Swordstick clarinet (World Gallery - Display group)
object name: walking sticks
object name: clarinets
object name: sword sticks
classified as: 422.211.2 Individual reedpipes with single reeds with cylindrical bore with fingerholes

Record created 1999-12-26
Record last updated 2018-06-28

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