Double flageolet

about 1830
John Simpson (active 1826–1869)


Object Place: London, England

Dimensions

Length 47.5 cm (18 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.1823

Medium or Technique

Boxwood, ivory, brass

Not On View

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Aerophones

Conoidal bores. Boxwood, varnished light yellow; ivory tips and mouthpiece. Made in four principal parts; the cap, which serves as an air-chamber for both tubes; the lip-stock with a double bore; two tubes of equal length. The lip-stock has two lips cut in it; each lip can be silenced by a cut-off shutter operated by a key. The left-hand tube has six fingerholes; four brass keys nominally called C-sharp (open), D-sharp, F-natural, and high D-natural (the last three closed). The right-hand tube has four fingerholes and a vent-hole opposite the C-sharp key. There are four brass keys on the right-hand tube: low C-sharp. Octagonal keys. In A-flat. The lowest tone is a’-flat.

Inscription

Stamped on ?: SIMPSON / 260. REGENT STREET / OXFORD STREET / LONDON / PATENT

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