Bass clarinet in B-flat

late 19th century

Object Place, England


Approximate length of air column 155 cm (61 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, nickel silver

Not On View


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones

In B-flat. Boxwood, varnished dark brown. Nickel silver rings, gooseneck crook, and bell. Made in five parts: mouthpiece, crook, upper bodyjoint, buttjoint, and bell (turned upward and outward). Seven fingerholes (the third and fourth stopped by open-standing keys) and one thumbhole. Twenty cupped keys of nickel silver (c, c-sharp, d, e-flat, e„ f, f-sharp, g-sharp, b-flat b X 2, c’, c-sharp’, e-flat’, f’ x 2, g-sharp’, a’, a-shake’, and speaker), mounted on posts and hinge tubes.


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