Tenor oboe

about 1760
Caleb Gedney (English, active 1754–1769)

Object Place: London, England


Length 85 cm (33 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, brass

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)


Europe, Musical Instruments



In F. The lowest tone is f. Long model. Boxwood, stained dark brown. Made in three parts: left-hand body-joint, right-hand body-joint (with the keys), and the bell-joint; the bell has a normal flare and a narrowed opening. Six finger-holes in the front, two square brass keys, c’ and d’-sharp, mounted on knobs. SATK and SATW, Young key type A.


Stamped on lower body section and bell: CALEB / GEDNEY


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