Accordion

about 1860
Distributed by Keith, Prowse & Co. (English, 1829 or 1831–after 1950)


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Length 38.9 cm, width 12.6 cm, depth with bellows compressed 19.7 cm (Length 15 5/16 in., width 4 15/16 in., depth with bellows compressed 7 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

17.1946

Medium or Technique

Ebonized wood

Not On View

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Aerophones

Rectangular wooden case decorated with wooden scrolls. Five- fold pasteboard bellows. Twenty-three [ed. - twenty-four] touches arranged in two rows with mother-of-pearl linings; round pearl keys. The basses are arranged on both sides: the right-hand basses (2) have long levers and are operated by the finger-joints; the left-hand basses are arranged for operation by the thumb and the ring and middle fingers.

Provenance

Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection