Mute cornett

possibly 17th century


Object Place: Norfolk, England

Dimensions

Length 45.4 cm (17 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

17.1953

Medium or Technique

Antelope horn

Not On View

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Aerophones

In C. Made of an antelope’s horn with an integral conoidal mouthpiece bored in the solid part of the tip of the horn. Six finger-holes in the front with countersunk edges provide cup-shaped orifices for the finger tips and insure adequate stopping. No trimmings nor embellishments of any kind.

Provenance

By 1890, found in a village, Norfolk, England, where it was known as the "Harvest Horn," and had existed for generation [according to the Royal Military Exhibition, 1890]; by 1916, acquired by Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by 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