C. Clarinet by Jean-François LEROY in METZ. (1782-1853)
Four boxwood joints ivory mounted.
Stamped on each joint: "(free masson insignia: square and compasses) J F LEROY / A METZ/ (star)".
13 nickel keys.
Original mouthpiece also stamped by the maker.
Length without the mouthpiece: 51,8cm.
Conductor of the National Guard, Jean-François Leroy opened his workshop in 1819. Woodwind maker, he was considered to be a clarinet specialist and gained distinctions in national shows increasing in the first part of the 19th c.
Bibligraphy: "Facteurs et marchands de musique de l'est de la France"; site de René PIERRE.