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Storage case for a saxophone owned by Charlie Parker.

Catalog Data

Manufactured by:
H. N. White Company, American, 1893 - 1965  Search this
Used by:
Charlie Parker, American, 1920 - 1955  Search this
Owned by:
Charlie Parker, American, 1920 - 1955  Search this
Medium:
wood, leather, brass (alloy)
Dimensions:
H x W x D (2019.10.2.1): 7 1/16 × 13 × 27 3/16 in. (18 × 33 × 69 cm)
H x W x D (2019.10.2.2): 3 7/8 × 8 1/16 × 13 5/16 in. (9.8 × 20.5 × 33.8 cm)
Type:
cases (lock components)
saxophones
Place made:
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States, North and Central America
Date:
ca. 1947
Description:
A reddish-brown storage case for a saxophone owned by Charlie Parker. The leather-bound case has brass hinges and clasps. The top of the case has an engraved metal inlay in the bottom left corner that reads [KING / THE WORLD'S FINEST / THE H. N. WHITE CO. / CLEVELAND, OHIO]. The front of the case has a red leather handle at center below a metal clasp. The clasp at center is not made of brass and is a different style than the others found on the case. A brass nameplate directly below the clasp at center and underneath the handle is engraved with [CHARLIE PARKER]. On either side of the handle and name plate is a hinged clasp with a lock. Engraved on each clasp is [KING]. The back and left sides of the case metal knobs for the case to rest on. The right side of the case has a handle. The interior of the case is covered in red velvet. A yellow and white stripped towel and a black felt cloth with gold thread were found in the case as well as a small interior case (2019.10.2). The small interior case fits in the lower right corner of the larger case. It is also leather-bound with a red velvet lined interior. Inside the smaller case are two neck straps, a cleaning cloth attached to a cord and a box of used reeds.
Topic:
African American  Search this
Composers (Musicians)  Search this
Instrumentalists (Musicians)  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2019.10.2.1-.2
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Musical Instruments
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2019.10.2.1-.2