about 1840
William Grayson (active before 1840–1850)

Object Place: London, England


Length 30.5 cm (12 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Copper, nickel silver

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)


Musical Instruments



Soprano in C, crooked in A. Cylindro-conoidal bore. Three piston valves. Copper, with German silver trimmings. The tube is made in two parts. The first part includes a tuning slide, but it is attached to a U-shaped tube into which are inserted two pistons; the second part begins with a piston tube and ends in a bell; a short cylindrical tube joins the U-shaped tube and the second part. Formerly, in addition to piston valves, there was a shake key, socket of which is now plugged. Engraved on the bell is a wreath. The crook is marked ‘A-flat.’


Engraved on bell: Made by / William Grayson, / 5 Cooper St. / Westminster


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