Eugène Albert A and Bb Clarinet Pair
Markings, upper joint:
52 NEW BOND STREET
Markings, lower joint:
From the ad:
Good general condition to be restored, all screws are free and only has two visible cracks in one barrel.
The tenons are original, metallic with double walls, and the twelfth [octave] key seems to have been modified, originally it should be a wrap key that was turned and closed in front, now the key has the most common shape closing behind.
The case is in poor condition and it appears not original. Comes with a mouthpiece, lig and cap, the mpc is branded:
BOOSEY & Cº LTD
Comments from me:
* Boosey did contract Henry Lazarus for assistance when they wanted to start producing clarinets, so while it's not original, it is kinda cool.
* This is definitely a late 19th century horn, pre-1895. We have a thread regarding another E Albert horn at https://woodwindforum.com/forum/index.php?threads/eugene-albert-clarinet.25910
. There's also a horn in the Edinburgh museum, built around 1877, that has the same "brevete" ("patented") marking on the low key cups. I'd expect the horn I have pictured here to be approximately the same age.