Dark cocuswood Boehm system A clarinet with silver plated keywork, signed "A.BUFFET / JNE / PARIS / BREVETE / S.G.D.G." made c.1870. Length 62.0cm. An early example of a Boehm clarinet with the barrel and upper joint in one piece.
Lacks mouthpiece. Repaired short hairline crack in each of the three joints.
Entry for "Auguste Buffet Jeune" from "The New Langwill Index. A Dictionary of Musical Wind-Instrument Makers and Inventors" 1993 by William Waterhouse.
French Patent #16036 dated 1843 for "pour l'application des anneaux mobiles aux clarinettes et haubois" (the Boehm system clarinet and oboe)