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  • Bass-horn

    about 1800

    Object Place, England

    Description

    In C. The lowest tone is C. Made entirely of brass. Consists of a long crook, two conical tubes brazed into a short butt-stock, and the bell; the tubes are at a slightly divergent angle and are joined bu a tubular brace at the top. Six finger-holes with raised sockets on the small tube. Four round keys mounted on a saddle, the key-holes also having raised sockets. The keys give the following tones: C-sharp, F-sharp, and B.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 89 cm (35 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1956

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    Not On View

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  • Bass-horn

    about 1807–13
    Thomas Key (active 1800–1853)

    Object Place, London, England

    Description

    In C. The lowest tone is C. A tube and a short butt made of pearwood. Consists of the following parts: a long brass crook; a finger-hole tube, upon which are are located six finger-holes bushed with ivory and twoo round brass keys on saddles, a very short butt with a brass key, a long bass joint, and a brass bell with an oval orifice. Brass tips and a brace join both tubes at the top. The keys give the following tones: C-sharp, F-sharp, and B; the key-holes are also bushed with ivory.

    Inscription

    Stamped on wood section just below bell: KEY / LONDON ' [unicorn head] / 2 PALL MALL; stamped on wood section with finger-holes: KEY / LONDON / [unicorn head]

    Provenance

    Before 1904, apparently used in either the Oaksey Parish Church, Wiltshire County, England [according to the London Exhibition, 1904], or a church in Shropshire County, England [according to Galpin upon acquisition]; 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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 89 cm (35 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1955

    Medium or Technique

    Pearwood, brass

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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  • Serpent

    about 1820
    Georges Antoine Baudouin (French, 1736–1816)

    Object Place, Paris, France

    Description

    Music: Allegretto from Méthode pour l’ Education du Serpent by Jean Baptiste Metoyen, about 1792-95 (performed by Douglas Yeo)

    Inscription

    Stamped inside bell: BAUDOUIN

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 85 cm (33 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1954

    Medium or Technique

    Pearwood, leather, brass

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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  • Serpent

    about 1820
    Georges Antoine Baudouin (French, 1736–1816)

    Object Place, Paris, France

    Description

    Traditional serpent shape. Pearwood (?) body covered with leather, with later (?) green paint. Six fingerholes with ivory bushings. Brass bocal and ferrule. Period ivory mouthpiece.

    Inscription

    Stamped inside bell: BAUDOUIN

    Provenance

    Before 1945, Sarah Choate Sears (Mrs. Joseph Montgomery Sears) (1858-1935), Boston, Massachusetts; 1945, sold by the estate of Sarah Choate Sears to Peggy Stuart Coolidge (1913-1981), New York; 1981, by inheritance to her husband, Joseph R. Coolidge (1916-1999), New York; 1981, gift of Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1981)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Joseph R. Coolidge in memory of his wife, Peggy Stuart Coolidge

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 84.7 cm (33 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.760

    Medium or Technique

    Pearwood, leather, brass, ivory

    Not On View

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  • Upright serpent (Russian bassoon)

    about 1820

    Object Place, Belgium

    Description

    In C. The lowest tone is C. Made of bird’s-eye maple in the shape of a bassoon; stained light yellow. The instrument consists of a long brass mouthpipe, wing joint, butt, long (bass) joint, and a brass bell; all wood parts are tipped with wide brass bands. Six finger-holes in the front. Four round brass keys mounted in saddles which give the following tones: C-sharp, E-flat, F-sharp, and B. The B-key can also be used as an octave key. The E-hole is bored into both large bores of the butt.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 106.5 cm (41 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1957

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, brass

    Not On View

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  • Serpent Forveille

    about 1830
    Possibly by Forveille (French, active 1823–1839)

    Object Place, France

    Description

    Upright-type serpent as designed by Forveille. Leather-covered fruitwood body with brass leadpipe, bocal, and keys. Three round keys mounted on pillars. Lyre-shaped music holder screwed to bell.

    Provenance

    Before 1981, purchased at a Hi-Fi Shop on the Champs Elysées, Paris, by Peggy Stuart Coolidge (1913-1981), New York; 1981, by inheritance to her husband, Joseph R. Coolidge (1916-1999), New York; 1981, gift of Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1981)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Joseph R. Coolidge in memory of his wife, Peggy Stuart Coolidge

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 98 cm (38 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.767

    Medium or Technique

    Fruitwood, brass

    Not On View

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  • Keyed bugle in B-flat

    about 1825
    Courtois neveu aîné (French, active before 1803–before 1862 French)

    Object Place, Paris, France

    Description

    Soprano in B-flat. Brass. Cylindro-conoidal bore. Two round keys (closed) mounted on saddles; key-holes have raised sockets. Shallow cup mouthpiece inserted into the tuning tube held in place by a wing nut. The keys give c’ and d’. The fundamental tone, with both keys closed, comes out easily and in tune.

    Inscription

    Stamped on bell rim: COURTOIS / NEVEU AINE A PARIS

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 56 cm (22 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1971

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    Not On View

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  • Keyed bugle in B-flat (pocket model)

    about 1830

    Object Place, England

    Description

    ‘Pocket’ model. Soprano in B-flat. Copper, with brass keys and trimmings. Cylindro-conoidal bore. Six flat round keys mounted on saddles; key-holes have brass sockets; a finger-rest above the first key. The tube has a very slight flare at the bell end instead of the usual bell with a wide rim. Deep conical cup mouthpiece with a silvered rim. The keys give the following nominal tones: b, c’-sharp, d’, e’-flat, e’, and f’.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 27 cm (10 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1976

    Medium or Technique

    Copper, brass

    Not On View

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  • Keyed bugle in B-flat

    about 1830

    Object Place, England

    Description

    Soprano in C. Copper; brass keys and trimmings. Cylindro- conoidal bore. Six cup-shaped keys mounted on saddles; key-holes have brass sockets; the saddle of the third key is made in the form of an inverted U and has two brass strips, the whole serving as a finger-rest for holding the instrument. The first key (open) has a knurled head screw for the adjustment of the key clearance. The keys give the following actual tones: b, c’-sharp, d’, e’-flat, and f’

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 45 cm (17 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1972

    Medium or Technique

    Copper, brass

    Not On View

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  • Keyed bugle in B-flat

    about 1835

    Object Place, England

    Description

    Soprano in C with B-flat crook. German silver keys and trimmings. Cylindro-conoidal bore. Six cup-shaped keys mounted on saddles. Deep conical cup mouthpiece of brass with a very narrow rim. Clearance adjusting screw on the first key. The keys give the following actual tones (when crooked in C) b, c’-sharp, d’, e’-flat, e’, and f’.

    Inscription

    Engraved on bell: Royal Kent Bugle / 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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 54 cm (21 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1975

    Medium or Technique

    Copper, nickel silver

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  • Keyed bugle in B-flat

    1835–36
    John Augustus Köhler (English, 1805–1878)

    Object Place, London, England

    Description

    Soprano in B-flat. Sterling silver body with silver gilt keys and garland. Decorative engraving on bell, bell garland, key flaps, and mouthpiece. Ten round keys mounted on saddles; key-holes have raised sockets. Original mouthpiece, seven tuning bits, and one pigtail crook. Original mahogany case, fitted and cloth-lined, with a copy of Kohler’s business card on the inside of the lid.

    Inscription

    Engraved on bell garland: MCFARLANE'S IMPROVED MANUFACTURED BY I. KOHLER LONDON [arms of Chamberlayne impaling arms of Onslow]; engraved on bell: MORS POTIOR MACULA; stamped hallmarks: I. K. / [lion passant] / leopard's head] / u / head of William IV

    Provenance

    185/6, probably commissioned of the maker to commemorate the appointment of Thomas Chamberlayne, Esq. of Cranbury Park to the office of High Sheriffin Hampshire. By 1986, acquired of source unidentified by Tony Bingham, London, England; 1986, sold by Bingham to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 26, 1986)

    Credit Line

    Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 43.2 cm (17 in.)

    Accession Number

    1986.23

    Medium or Technique

    Silver, silver gilt

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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  • Keyed bugle in B-flat

    about 1840
    Graves & Co. (American, active 1824–1869)

    Object Place, Winchester, New Hampshire, United States

    Description

    Soprano in B-flat. Copper body with brass trim and keys. Seven cup-shaped keys mounted in saddles. Mouthpiece and tuning shank missing.

    Inscription

    Engraved on garland: Graves & Co. / Winchester, N. H.

    Provenance

    1991, sold by Lillian Caplin, The Center for Musical Antiquities, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 24, 1991)

    Credit Line

    Willian Lindsey Fund, by exchange

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 43.2 cm (17 in.)

    Accession Number

    1991.360

    Medium or Technique

    Copper, brass

    Not On View

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  • Keyed bugle in B-flat

    1841
    Charles-Joseph Sax (Belgian, 1790–1865 Belgian)

    Object Place, Brussels, Belgium

    Description

    Soprano in B-flat. Brass with German silver keys and trimmings. Cylindro-conoidal bore. Seven cup-shaped keys mounted on pillars (flaps of the keys have very small curvature; levers extend to the center of the flaps). Deep conical cup mouthpiece (brass) inserted into the tuning tube. The keys give the following nominal tones: b, c’-sharp, d’, e’-flat (double for improving intonation), e’, f’.

    Inscription

    Engraved on bell: C. Sax. / à Bruxelles No 5991.; Stamped on bell rim: B / 1841

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 50.5 cm (19 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1973

    Medium or Technique

    Brass, nickel silver

    Not On View

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  • Keyed bugle in E-flat

    about 1850
    Gummarus van Engelen (1820–1904)

    Object Place, Lier, Belgium

    Description

    Sopranino in E-flat. Brass. Five round keys mounted on pillars; key-holes have raised sockets. Deep conical cup mouthpiece inserted into the tuning tube, held in place by a wing-nut. Cylindro-conoidal bore. The keys give the following nominal tones: b, c’-sharp, d’, e’-flat, e’, and f’, sounding a minor third higher; the lowest key is open, the rest are closed.

    Inscription

    Engraved on bell: G. van Engelen, / ainé à Lierre

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 41 cm (16 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1974

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

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  • Keyed bugle in E-flat

    about 1850
    Elbridge G. Wright (American, 1811–1871)

    Object Place, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Sopranino in E-flat. Copper body with nickel silver trim and keys. Ten cup- shaped keys mounted in saddles. Mouthpiece and tuning shank missing.

    Inscription

    Engraved on bell: E. G. Wright, / Maker, / Boston.

    Provenance

    1989, sold by Brass Buff Antiques, Newton, Massachusetts, to Marlowe Sigal, Newton Centre, Massachusetts, at the request of the MFA; 1989, sold by Sigal to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 29, 1989)

    Credit Line

    William Lindsey Fund, by exchange

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 33.3 cm (13 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1989.334

    Medium or Technique

    Copper, nickel silver

    Not On View

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  • Keyed bugle in E-flat

    about 1854
    Elbridge G. Wright (American, 1811–1871)

    Object Place, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Sopranino in E-Flat. Silver. Decorative engraving on bell, bell garland, leadpipe, and finger-rest mount. Eleven cup-shaped keys mounted on pillars. Adjustable tuning shank and original mouthpiece. Original mahogany case.

    Inscription

    Engraved on bell: Presented to / Joseph J. Brenan / BY THE / Marietta Band / 1854 / MADE BY E.G. WRIGHT BOSTON

    Provenance

    1854, commissioned of the maker as a presentation instrument for Joseph J. Brennan (1829-1900) by the Marietta (Ohio) Band, according to an inscription on the bell. Before 1989, sold by source unidentified at a flea market, Mansfield, Ohio, to Ron Chojnacki, Medina, Ohio; by 1989, consigned by Chojnacki to Sotheby's London; November 22, 1989, sold by Sotheby's London, lot 99, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 22, 1990)

    Credit Line

    Gift of The Seminarians and Friends in memory of Warren C. Moffett

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 44.5 cm (17 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    1990.85

    Medium or Technique

    Silver

    On View

    David and Stacey Goel Gallery (Gallery 239)

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  • Bass ophicleide

    about 1820–25
    Jean Hilaire Asté (French, about 1775–about 1840 French)

    Object Place, Paris, France

    Description

    Baritone in C. Brass Conoidal bore throughout. Nine flat keys mounted on pillars. Made in two principal parts: a crook wound round twice; and the main U-shaped conoidal body with narrow flare at the bell end. Funnel-shaped mouthpiece. The keys give the following nominal tones: B, c-sharp, d, e-flat, e, f, g, a, and b-flat. The third and fifth keys (counting from the bell) are located at the back and are operated by the left and right-hand thumbs respectively.

    Inscription

    Stamped on bell rim: HALARI FACTEUR DE LA MAISON DU ROI BREVETE D'INVENTION ET DE PERFECTIONEMENT RUE MAZATINE A PARIS / [seal]

    Provenance

    1981, sold by Harold Priest, Harvard, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 13, 1981)

    Credit Line

    Harriet Otis Cruft Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 108 cm (42 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.137

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    Not On View

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  • Alto ophicleide

    about 1840
    C. Devaster (active early to mid-19th century)

    Object Place, Brussels, Belgium

    Description

    Alto in E-flat. Brass. Conoidal bore throughout, except for a short length (7.5 cm.) where the crook is inserted into the main tubing. Nine slightly cup-shaped keys mounted on pillars. Made in two principal parts: the crook and the main tube; the crook is adjustable for tuning and position. Cup-shaped mouthpiece. The keys give the following nominal tones: B, c-sharp, d, e-flat, f, g, a, and b-flat. The third and the fifth key (counting from the bell) are located at the back and are operated by the left-hand and right- hand thumbs respectively.

    Inscription

    Engraved on bell: C Devaster / A Bruxelles

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 90.5 cm (35 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1958

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    Not On View

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  • Bass ophicleide

    about 1840
    A. G. Guichard (active 1827–after 1845)

    Object Place, Paris, France

    Description

    Baritone in B-flat. Brass. Conoidal-cylindro-conoidal bore. Nine flat keys mounted on pillars; the first key (open) has a knurled head screw for clearance adjustment. Made in two principal parts: a crook thrice bent upon itself and held in place by a wing-nut, and the main tube; the crook is adjustable axially for tuning and for position. Cup-shaped mouthpiece. The keys give the following nominal tones: B, c-sharp, d, e-flat, e, f, g, a, and b-flat. Two hand-rests on the main tube for support of the instrument.

    Inscription

    Engraved on bell: [trademark] / Guichard Breveté, / A PARIS; stamped on key shank nearest bell: 219

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 114 cm (44 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1959

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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  • Bugle

    about 1810
    Kelly & Co. (English, active 1802–1811 English)

    Object Place, London, England

    Description

    Alto in G. The second partial sounds g. Copper, lacquered black. Cylindro-conoidal bore; deep conical cup mouthpiece. The tube is wound twice upon itself.

    Inscription

    Engraved on garland: Kelly & Co Pall Mall London

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 39 cm (15 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1970

    Medium or Technique

    Copper

    Not On View

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  • Bugle

    early 19th century
    Griessling & Schlott (German, active 1801–1835 German)

    Object Place, Berlin, Germany

    Description

    Soprano in C (in ‘Kammerton’ pitch; the second partial sounds d’ at a’=440). German army type. Brass. Conoidal bore, funnel-shaped mouthpiece with very large bore. Half-moon shape. The bell and mouthpipe are braced by a brass rod. Two rings and an ear for leather straps. The bell is lacquered green inside.

    Inscription

    Stamped on garland: GRIESSLING ET SCHLOTT / A / BERLIN

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 52.5 cm (20 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1969

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    Not On View

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  • Horn

    early 18th century
    Friedrich Ehe (German, 1669–1743)

    Object Place, Nuremberg, Germany

    Description

    Bass in G. The lowest actual note is GG. Cylindro-conoidal bore. Brass. The tube is wound two and half times in a circle. The rim of the bell is reinforced by a wide band, decorated with several stamped fleur-de-lis. Mouthpiece (not original) has shallow conical cup.

    Inscription

    Engraved on garland: MACHT FRIEDRICH / EHE. IN. NURNB.; engraved on garland at opposite side: F [6-point star] H

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 68 cm (26 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1999

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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  • Horn

    about 1780
    Raoux (French, active 18th century)

    Object Place, Paris, France

    Description

    Bass in D. Conoidal bore. Brass. The tube is wound two and a half times in a circle. The rim of the bell is reinforced by a wide band. Funnel-shaped mouthpiece.

    Inscription

    Stamped on bell garland: FAIT A PARIS PAR RAOUX SEULE ORDINAIRE DU ROI PALGE [sic] DU LOUVRE

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 81 cm (31 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2000

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    Not On View

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  • Horn

    late 18th century

    Object Place, England

    Description

    Crooked in E. Conoidal bore. Brass. The uncrooked horn has a conoidal bore except for short lengths of cylindrical tubing for tuning slide. Crook of the conoidal bore throughout. Funnel-shaped mouthpiece with silver rim.

    Inscription

    Marked on crook: C

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 53 cm (20 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2001

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

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  • Inventionshorn

    early 19th century
    C. Lobeit (Bohemian, late 18th century Bohemian)

    Object Place, Possibly Bohemia

    Description

    Crooked in A. Cylindro-conoidal bore. Brass, with German silver trimmings. Invention is marked ‘F’ (evidently belonged to another instrument with longer tubing). Bell rim, reinforced with a band of German silver engraved with flowers.

    Inscription

    Engraved on garland: C. Lobeit; marked on crook: F

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 62 cm (24 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2002

    Medium or Technique

    Brass, nickel silver

    Not On View

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  • Orchestral horn

    about 1830
    Charles Kretzschmann (active before 1812–about 1870)

    Object Place, Strasbourg, France

    Description

    Music: Excerpts from Finale movement from Six Trios for Three Horns (Op. 82, No. 6) by Antoine Reicha, about 1800-1815 (performed by Richard Menaul)

    Inscription

    Stamped on garland: CHARLES [flower] KRETZSCHMANN / A [flower] STRASBOURG; printed paper label inside case: ACCESSOIRES POUR INSTRUMENTS. / C. CALOIN, / LUTHIER, / Réparateur d'Instruments de Musique. / RUE FERMENTEL, 6, SAINT- OMER, / Près la Grand'Place. / FAIT DES ÉCHANGES. / Typ. de L. Van Elslandt

    Provenance

    1976, sold by Rachel P. Grainger, Marion, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 18, 1976)

    Credit Line

    Mary L. Smith Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 42 cm (16 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1976.745

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

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  • Omnitonic horn

    1833
    Charles-Joseph Sax (Belgian, 1790–1865 Belgian)

    Object Place, Brussels, Belgium

    Description

    The playing compass is from B-flat alto to B-flat basso. Cylindro-conoidal bore. Brass. The instrument has a conoidal bore tube of 97 cm. (measuring the tube without the mouthpiece), then a straight cylindrical tube, upon which are affixed eight oval-shaped cylindrical bore branches, arranged in such a way as to add progressively increasing length of tubing. This addition or subtraction of lengths is controlled by a sliding piston with a knob and index finger; in the body of the piston, the upper part of which is made of a solid brass rod, are five (should be eight) holes drilled through; the lower half of the piston is made of a long brass tubing open at the lower end; in the upper end, adjoining the solid portion, this piston has one hole which serves as an outlet for the air. The piston is prevented from rotating by a knob which fits into a long slit in a continuation of the tube in which the piston slides. On one side of this slot are engrave position lines and tonalities from B-flat alto to E-flat only. The inside of the bell is lacquered dark cherry-red with trophies and flower in gold. Drain valve on the tube.

    Inscription

    Engraved on bell: C. Sax, à Bruxelles / 1833

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 65 cm (25 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2004

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

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  • Horn

    about 1839
    John Augustus Köhler (English, 1805–1878)

    Object Place, London, England

    Description

    Crooked in C. Conoidal-cylindro-conoidal bore. Brass. Two disc valves, identical in design with those of No. 186 [MFA no. 17.1986]. The first valve is a semi-tone valve, the second is a whole-tone valve. Two circular coiled crooks: the smaller one (in which the mouthpiece is inserted) has a conoidal bore and air-column length of 107.5 cm, and the larger intermediate one has a cylindrical bore and an air-column length of 176.5 cm. Funnel-shaped mouthpiece with silvered rim.

    Inscription

    Stamped on plate on bell: 86 / BY HER MAJESTY'S / ROYAL LETTERS PATENT / J. SHAW / INVENTOR / [seal of England] / KOHLER SOLE MAKER / 35, HENRIETTA STt / COVENT GARDEN / LONDON Stamped on garland: KOHLER / HENRIETTA ST / COVENT GARDEN / LONDON Engraved on bell: W. Y. C.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 62 cm (24 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2003

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

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  • Ballad horn

    about 1880–86
    William Hillyard (English, 1821–1895 English)

    Object Place, London, England

    Description

    Tenor in C, with B-flat crook. Conoidal bore. Circular-shaped. Three piston valves of Perinet type. The valve mechanism is arranged for right-hand playing. Interchangeable tuning slide. Drain key on the main tube. The valve-crook slides have lines etched on them to show the extended position while playing with the B-flat crook. Mouthpiece with a cone-shaped cup.

    Inscription

    Stamped on bell: W. HILLYARD / Maker / 61 & 62 High St. / Bloomsbury / London / 2269

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 57 cm (22 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2005

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    Not On View

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  • Horn

    about 1900
    Anton Dehmal (Austrian, active 1883–1907 Austrian)

    Object Place, Vienna, Austria

    Description

    Brass body with nickel silver trim and period mouthpiece. Three Viennese valves.

    Inscription

    Stamped on bell garland: ANT. DEHMAL INSTRUMENTEN-FABRIK WIEN

    Provenance

    Before the 1970s, Harold L. Meek, West Roxbury, Massachusetts, a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra 1943-1963; in the 1970s, sold by Meek to George Theokritoff, Mt. Tabor, New Jersey; 2003, gift of Theokritoff to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 17, 2003)

    Credit Line

    Gift of George Theokritoff in memory of Harold L. Meek of the Boston Symphony Orchestra

    Details

    Dimensions

    Diameter 28.6 cm (11 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    2003.643

    Medium or Technique

    Brass, nickel silver

    Not On View

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  • Cornet

    about 1830
    Charles-Joseph Sax (Belgian, 1790–1865 Belgian)

    Object Place, Brussels, Belgium

    Description

    Soprano in C. Two piston valves. Cylindro-conoidal bore. Brass. The tube is made in two parts. The first part (counting from the mouthpiece) includes a tuning slide and ends in a valve tube; the second begins with a valve tube and ends in a bell; both parts are connected by a short cylindrical tube to form a continuous air column. The piston valves are inserted directly into the valves tubes, and have their travel limited by the screws passing through slots in the pistons. Cup-shaped mouthpiece.

    Inscription

    Engraved on bell: C. Sax. / Bruxelles no. 6325

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 29 cm (11 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1985

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    Not On View

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  • Cornet

    about 1840
    William Grayson (active before 1840–1850)

    Object Place, London, England

    Description

    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.’

    Inscription

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

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 30.5 cm (12 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1989

    Medium or Technique

    Copper, nickel silver

    On View

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  • Cornet in B-flat

    about 1840
    Charles Pace (English, 1830–1883 English)

    Object Place, London, England

    Description

    Soprano in B-flat. Brass with nickel silver trim. Three Stözel valves and one McFarlane key. Non-original tuning shank and mouthpiece.

    Inscription

    Stamped on bell garland: IMPROVED / & MADE BY / CHAS PACE. / 49 KING ST / WESTMINSTER

    Provenance

    1986, sold by Vera Gropper, West Somerville, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 26, 1986)

    Credit Line

    Frederick Brown Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 30.5 cm (12 in.)

    Accession Number

    1986.92

    Medium or Technique

    Brass, nickel silver

    Not On View

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  • Cornet

    about 1840
    John Augustus Köhler (English, 1805–1878)

    Object Place, London, England

    Description

    Sopranino in E-flat. Cylindro-conoidal bore. Three disc valves. Brass. The tube is made in seven separate parts, three ow which are located on the rotary discs of the valves. The shake-key has a double lever so that it can be operated either by the little finger or the thumb of the right hand. Card-holder for music soldered to the bell.

    Inscription

    Stamped on plate on bell: 189 / BY HER MAJESTY'S / ROYAL LETTERS PATENT / J. SHAW / INVENTOR / [seal of England] / KOHLER. SOLE MAKER / 35, HENRIETTA STt / COVENT GARDEN LONDON

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 35.5 cm (14 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1986

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

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  • Cornet (circular model)

    mid-19th century

    Object Place, Germany

    Description

    Soprano in B-flat (high pitch). Cylindro-conoidal bore. Circular-shaped, ‘Prince Pless Horn’ type. Three double piston valves. Viennese action. Brass, with German silver trimmings. Piston levers arranged for left-handed playing as on a French horn. Music holder (detachable) of German silver. Original fitted case.

    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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Dimensions

    Length 32 cm (12 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1988

    Medium or Technique

    Brass, nickel silver

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  • Cornet in E-flat (over-shoulder model)

    1856
    Graves & Co. (American, active 1824–1869)

    Object Place, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Music: Dixie/Bonnie Blue Flag by Daniel D. Emmett/Harry McCarthy, about 1860 (performed by Paul Perfetti)

    Inscription

    Engraved on bell: Made by / GRAVES & CO. BOSTON / for / COL. COLT'S ARMORY BAND / Hartford Ct.

    Provenance

    About 1855, commissioned of the maker as part of a matched set of 20 brass instruments for Colonel (Samuel?) Colt's Armory Band, Hartford, Connecticut, according to an inscription on the bell. 1991, sold by Lillian Caplin, The Center for Musical Antiquities, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 27, 1991)

    Credit Line

    Foster Charitable Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 60 cm (23 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1991.228

    Medium or Technique

    Nickel silver

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  • Valved bugle in E-flat

    about 1860
    John Franklin Stratton (American, 1832–1912 American)

    Object Place, New York City, New York, United States

    Description

    In E-flat. Nickel silver body with three string-linkage rotary valves. Telescoping tuning slide on leadpipe. Includes non-original pig-tail crook. Mouthpiece missing.

    Inscription

    Engraved on bell: John F / Stratton / New=York.

    Provenance

    Before 1992, sold by general junk shop, Bar Mills, Maine, to a trombone student of the donor; by 1992, gift of trombone student to David Hagar, Oak Flats, Australia, while he lived in Boston, Massachusetts; 1992, gift of David and Judith Hagar to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 25, 1992)

    Credit Line

    Gift of David and Judith Hagar

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 30.5 cm (12 in.)

    Accession Number

    1992.96

    Medium or Technique

    Nickel silver

    Not On View

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  • Cornet in B-flat

    about 1864–66
    Gilmore, Graves & Co. (American, active 1864–1866 American)

    Object Place, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Nickel silver. Three string-linkage rotary valves and one valve (missing touchpiece), used to transpose the overall pitch up by one half tone. Original (?) pig-tail crook and music lyre. Non-original straight shank and mouthpiece.

    Inscription

    Engraved on bell garland: Gilmore, Graves & Co, Boston

    Provenance

    Before 1941, Edward Theodore Morcombe (1872-1941), who owned and played the instrument, Melrose, Massachusetts; by 1975, by descent to his daughter, Pearl E. Squires, Melrose, Massachusetts; 1975, gift of Squires to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 10, 1975)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Pearl E. Squires in memory of her father, Edward Theodore Morcombe

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 62 cm (24 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1975.392

    Medium or Technique

    Nickel silver

    Not On View

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  • Cornet in B-flat

    about 1870
    Isaac Fiske (American, 1820–1894)

    Object Place, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Soprano in B-flat. Copper body with nickel silver trim, valve assemblies and leadpipes. Three string-linkage rotary valves. Two separate leapipes are present, either of which can be joined to the instrument’s tubing by one interchangable tuning slide. Missing mouthpiece and tuning shank.

    Inscription

    Engraved on bell garland: Isaac Fiske, Maker. Worcester, Mass.

    Provenance

    1991, sold by Lillian Caplin, The Center for Musical Antiquities, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 23, 1991)

    Credit Line

    Foster Charitable Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 31.5 cm (12 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1991.14

    Medium or Technique

    Copper

    Not On View

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  • Cornet in B-flat

    about 1900
    Arsène Zoë Lecomte & Co. (French, active 1859–about 1898 French)

    Object Place, Paris, France

    Description

    Soprano in B-flat. Cylindro-conoidal bore. Silverplated. Three Perinet valves with oval ports. Water key. Two non-original shanks. Non-original nickel-silver-plated mouthpiece. Black leather case with blue cloth lining.

    Inscription

    Engraved on bell: [tuning fork] / A. L & CIE / A Lecomte & Cie / brevetés s. g. d. g. Paris

    Provenance

    1982, accessioned as source unidentified to the MFA. According to information in the object file, it may have come from the Estate of Frank C. Doble (1886–1969), Belmont, Massachusetts; however, this information cannot be confirmed.

    Credit Line

    William Lindsey Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 34.8 cm (13 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1982.11

    Medium or Technique

    Silverplate

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  • Post horn

    late 18th century
    Distributed by Longman & Broderip (English, active 1776–1798)

    Object Place, London, England

    Description

    Inscription

    Engraved on bell: Made & sold by Longman & Broderip / No. 26 Cheapside 7 No. 13 Haymarket.

    Provenance

    1977, sold by the estate of Edwin M. Ripin (1930-1975), Forest Hills, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 9, 1977)

    Credit Line

    Edwin M. Ripin Collection, Friends of the Collection Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 35 cm (13 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.72

    Medium or Technique

    Copper, leather

    Not On View

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  • Post horn

    about 1830
    Possibly by Anton Kerner, Jr. (Austrian, about 1770–1848 Austrian)

    Object Place, Vienna, Austria

    Description

    Alto in G (high pitch). Five keys. Conoidal bore. Brass. Circular wound tube (three times) with a cup-shaped mouthpiece. Five round keys mounted on saddles; the key levers are bent to conform with the shape of the instrument, except one which is mounted on a flat cross-brace. The keys give the following nominal tones: c’-sharp, d’, e’-flat, e’, and f’.

    Inscription

    Engraved on plate on tubing: A [6-petal flower] K

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 33.8 cm (13 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1983

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    Not On View

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  • Post horn in B-flat

    1841–47
    Elbridge G. Wright (American, 1811–1871)

    Object Place, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1998, Daughters of the American Revolution, Hillsborough, New Hampshire; by 1998, gift of the D. A. R. to the Town of Hillsborough, New Hampshire, to be known as part of the D. A. R. Collection; July 1998, loaned by the Town of Hillsborough to the MFA; 2006, sold by the Town of Hillsborough to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 21, 2006)

    Credit Line

    Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 32 cm (12 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2006.1222

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    On View

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  • Post horn

    1850–1900

    Object Place, Germany

    Description

    Alto in E-flat. Circular-wound trumpet with a cornet type mouthpiece. Two piston valves, ‘Berliner Pumpen’ type (short; large diameter). Brass, with German silver trimmings. Cylindro-conoidal bore. Large cornet type mouthpiece. Engraved on the bell rim band are the Prussian eagle and conventional floral patterns.

    Inscription

    Engraved on garland: Ehren - Posthorn / für den Postillon / Heinrich Bredemeier

    Provenance

    About 1850, made for Heinrich Bredemeier, postman of Prussia; 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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 38.5 cm (15 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1984

    Medium or Technique

    Brass, nickel silver

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  • Post horn

    late 19th century
    Gustav Adolf Eschenbach (German, active 1843–1927 German)

    Object Place, Berlin, Germany

    Description

    Alto in E-flat. Circular-wound trumpet with an althorn type mouthpiece. Brass. Cylindro-conoidal bore; the tube is coiled four times.

    Inscription

    Stamped on garland: G. ESCHENBACH / BERLIN; stamped on bell: 531

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 32 cm (12 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1982

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    Not On View

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  • Post horn

    19th century

    Object Place, England

    Description

    Octave in B-flat. Conoidal bore. Copper, with brass mouthpiece. The tube is bent twice upon itself, trumpet-like, but the bends are brought closely together and soldered.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 28 cm (11 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1981

    Medium or Technique

    Copper, brass

    Not On View

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  • Stop trumpet

    about 1800
    Johann Georg Lintner (German, 1766–1840 German)

    Object Place, Augsburg, Germany

    Description

    Soprano in A-flat. Brass. Cylindro-conoidal bore. The tube is bent in a moon-crescent form. The mouthpiece has a deep conical cup (taken from an old-fashioned bugle).

    Inscription

    Engraved on bell garland: Joh. Georg Lintner [tree] in Augsburg

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 50.5 cm (19 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1994

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    Not On View

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  • Slide trumpet

    1825–50

    Object Place, London, England

    Description

    Crooked in E-flat. Silver-plated brass. Cylindro-conoidal bore. Made in three parts: crook, instrument proper, and the slide. The tube has two bends. The slide is operated by a long hollow rod sliding over another one of smaller diameter, inside of which are concealed two gut strings attached to two brass drums with spiral springs inside. The spring drums (only one is now actually on this instrument) are enclosed in special circular cases; the drums revolve on bronze axles. Triple boss on the bell branch is elaborately chased. The tube is elaborately reinforced; all ferrules, sleeves, braces, and the spring drum cases are profusely engraved with floral designs.

    Inscription

    Engraved on bell: [monogram: I A]

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 68 cm (26 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1996

    Medium or Technique

    Silver plated brass

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  • Valved trumpet

    about 1840
    Charles Mahillon (Belgian, 1813–1887 Belgian)

    Object Place, Brussels, Belgium

    Description

    Alto in F. Three double valves of the Viennese type. Brass. Cylindro-conoidal bore. Tuning slide. The valve mechanism consists of three long levers pivoted on one end and connected under the finger touch-pieces with valves by means of articulated rods; the valve levers are returned into the initital position by flat springs with rollers; the key pivots and spring roller guides are soldered to a long strip of brass. The valve tubes are reinforced on both sides by rectangular sheets of brass. Cornet-à-pistons mouthpiece.

    Inscription

    Engraved on bell garland: C. Mahillon Bruxelles

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 40.5 cm (15 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1997

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    Not On View

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  • Keyed trumpet

    1843
    Leonardo Massarenti & Fratelli (Italian, active before 1838–after 1843 Italian)

    Object Place, Minerbio, Italy

    Description

    Alto in G. Five keys. Brass. Cylindro-conoidal bore. The tube has four bends; tuning slide. The keys are mounted on pillars and give the following tones: g-shaped, a, b-flat, b, and c’; the fourth and fifth keys combined give c-sharp. Silver-plated [german silver] conical cup mouthpiece.

    Inscription

    Stamped on bell garland: LEONARDO MASSARENTI E BRATELLI IN MINERBIO 1843; stamped on mouthpiece receiver: SOL; scratched on mouthpiece: P. D.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 41 cm (16 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1995

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    On View

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  • Trumpet

    about 1860
    Josef Wolf (active 1848–1899)

    Object Place, Prague, Czech Republic

    Description

    Alto in E-flat. Brass. Cylindro-conoidal bore. Two bends. Wide ribbed bands at the top and around all joints of the tubing; decorative boss in the bell branch. The mouthpiece has a conical cup. The bell rim is reinforced by a brass band.

    Inscription

    Stamped on garland: JOSEF WOLF PRAHA P P . A G

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 68 cm (26 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1992

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    Not On View

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  • Cavalry trumpet

    1830–about 1863
    John Augustus Köhler (English, 1805–1878)

    Object Place, London, England

    Description

    Alto in E-flat (high pitch). Brass cylindro-conoidal bore. The tube is would twice upon itself (four bends). The tube is reinforced at the top and at the joints with long (10.5 cm.) sleeves with chased floral ornament and twisted grooves; elaborately molded and embellished boss on the bell branch. Regular cup-shaped, trumpet mouthpiece with rolled-in silver rim. Elaborately embossed bell rim band with flowers, musical instruments, and trophies.

    Inscription

    Engraved on garland: 35 HENRIETTA ST COVT GARDEN / KÖHLER / LONDON; engraved on mouthpiece: KÖHLER & SON / LONDON

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 41.5 cm (16 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1993

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    Not On View

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  • Trumpet

    about 1870
    Leopold Tobias Uhlmann (1806–1878)

    Object Place, Vienna, Austria

    Description

    Sopranino in E-flat. Cylindro-conoidal bore. Three rotary valves. Brass, with German silver trimmings. Tuning slide in the main tube. Deep conical-shaped mouthpiece.

    Inscription

    Engraved on bell garland: Leopold Uhlmann / K: K: Priv: / Instrumenten Fabrik in Wien.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 42.5 cm (16 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1987

    Medium or Technique

    Brass, nickel silver

    Not On View

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  • Soprano trombone

    1781
    Johann Joseph Schmied (German, active before 1748–after 1785 German)

    Object Place, Pfaffendorf, Germany

    Description

    Soprano in B-flat. Brass. Cylindro-conoidal bore. Made in three parts: inner slide branch, slide, and the bell branch. The mouthpiece has a deep conical cup and the inner edge of the rim is slightly undercut. The bell is reinforced by a brass band.

    Inscription

    Stamped on garland: IOHANN IOSEPH SCHMIED MACHTS IN PFAFFENDORF 1781

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 51.5 cm (20 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2006

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    On View

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  • Tenor trombone (buccin)

    about 1830
    Jean Baptiste Tabard (1779–1845)

    Object Place, Lyon, France

    Description

    Tenor trombone in B-flat (high pitch). Brass. Dual bore type. No tuning slide. The instrument is constructed like an ordinary slide trombone, but the bell branch is conoidal for a greater length and bent in a semi-circle. Instead of a regular bell there is a head of a dragon with wide- open jaws: the jaws, the forked tongue, and the mouth cavity were orginally painted bright red; the head was a bright olive-green, much gilded. Silverplated cup mouthpiece. German silver stockings on the inner slides.

    Inscription

    Stamped on bell: TABARD / A LYON

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 110 cm (43 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2012

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

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  • Tenor trombone (buccin)

    about 1830

    Object Place, Probably France

    Description

    Provenance

    1974, gift of Elliot Gould Fish, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 13, 1974)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Eli Gould Fish

    Details

    Accession Number

    1974.56

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    Not On View

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  • Tenor trombone (over-shoulder model)

    about 1840
    Frans Joseph Van Engelen (Belgian, 1785–1853 Belgian)

    Object Place, Lier, Belgium

    Description

    Tenor in B-flat (high pitch). Brass ‘bell over shoulder’ model. Double bore type. Made in four parts: inner slide branch, slide, bell branch (which has two bends and is turned upward), and a tuning slide in the bell branch. The mouthpiece has a semi-ellipsoidal cup.

    Inscription

    Engraved on garland: [2 lions holding a shield] / F. van Engelen te Lier

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 128 cm (50 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2011

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    On View

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  • Tenor trombone

    about 1890
    Fontaine-Besson (French, active after 1880–after 1950 French)

    Object Place, London, England

    Description

    Tenor in B-flat (high pitch). Combination slide and valve model. Brass. Cylindro-conoidal bore. Made essentially in two parts: (1) the body of the instrument, including the piston valve, valve crook, and inner slides; (2) the outer slide. German silver stockings on the ends of the inner slides. The mouthpiece has a deep conical cup.

    Inscription

    Stamped on bell rim: [in ribbon: 3...OF...] / [monogram: FB / F. BESSON / BREVETE / 198 EUSTON ROAD / LONDON / [5-point star]

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 55 cm (21 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2010

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    Not On View

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  • Tenor trombone

    about 1890
    Boston Musical Instrument Manufactory (American, active 1869–1919)

    Object Place, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Cylindro-conoidal bore. Made in four parts: inner slide branch, slide, bell branch, and adjustable tuning shank (with knurled screw) between bell and slide. Nickel silver stockings at ends of inner slide. Mouthpiece missing.

    Inscription

    Engraved on bell: Made / by the / Boston / Musical Instrument / Manufy: / 10988

    Provenance

    1996, sold by Mel Rosenberg, Brass Buff Antiques, Newton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 26, 1996)

    Credit Line

    Foster Charitable Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 113 cm (44 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    1996.116

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    Not On View

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  • Alto trombone

    late 19th century

    Object Place, England

    Description

    Alto in F. Brass. Cylindro-conoidal bore. Made in four parts: inner slide brach, slide, bell branch, and a tuning slide in the bell branch. The mouthpiece has a deep conical cup. German silver stockings on the ends of the inner slides.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 72 cm (28 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2007

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    Not On View

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  • Tenor trombone

    late 19th century

    Object Place, England

    Description

    Tenor in C. Brass. Cylindro-conoidal bore. Made in four parts: inner slide branch, slide, bell branch, and a tuning slide in the bell branch. The mouthpiece has a semi-ellipsoidal cup.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 94.5 cm (37 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2008

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    Not On View

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  • Bass trombone

    late 19th century

    Object Place, England

    Description

    Bass in G (high pitch). Brass. Cylindro-conoidal bore. Made in three parts: inner slide, branch slide, and a bell branch. The lower slide has an extension over which the bell branch is moved axially for tuning; the bell lock keeps the bell branch in place. The slide is furnished with a swivel extension handle (‘crutch’) to enable the player to reach the lower positions.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 137 cm (53 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2009

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    Not On View

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  • Tenor horn in E-flat

    about 1870–80
    Isaac Fiske (American, 1820–1894)

    Object Place, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Body of brass plated with nickel silver, in upright form. Three rotary valves of type with vertical rods and finger buttons, patented in 1866 by Fiske. Mouthpiece missing

    Inscription

    Stamped on bell: ISAAC / FISKE / MAKER / WORCESTER, MASS. / PATENTED / OCT 30, 1866 NOV 12, 1867 / FEB 11, 1868 SEPT 23/73

    Provenance

    1996, sold by Robert E. Sheldon, Washington, DC, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 26, 1996)

    Credit Line

    Foster Charitable Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 54.9 cm (21 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1996.114

    Medium or Technique

    Nickel-plated brass

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  • Double-belled euphonium

    1921
    C. G. Conn Ltd. (American, active early 20th century American)

    Object Place, Elkhart, Indiana, United States

    Description

    Body of gold-plated brass with two removable, forward-pointing bells. Custom, free-hand engraving on larger bell, consisting of American eagle, horned mythological figure, stag, dogwood flowers, acanthus leaves, and scrolling patterns. Five valves with pearl-covered touchpieces. Period mouthpiece of nickel-plated brass. Original hard-shell case.

    Inscription

    Engraved on bell: MADE BY / C. G. Conn Ltd. / ELKHART - IND. / U. S. A.; stamped on second valve: 187,574

    Provenance

    1921, sold by Frank McCoy, band director at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, to Paul S. Minear; 2002, partial gift of Minear to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 20, 2002)

    Credit Line

    Museum purchase with funds donated by the Foster Charitable Fund and Gift of Paiste AG Cymbals Gongs, Bequest of Gertrude T. Taft, Gift of Lura S. Teeter, and Gift of Mrs. Robert H. Cook, by exchange, and partial gift of Paul S. Minear

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 76.2 cm (30 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.61

    Medium or Technique

    Gold-plated brass

    Not On View

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  • Bass tuba in B-flat (over-shoulder form)

    1850–60
    Graves & Co. (American, active 1824–1869)

    Object Place, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Body of nickel silver in “over-shoulder” form. Four rotary valves. Pig-tail crook and old (possibly original) mouthpiece. Period homemade case of pine.

    Inscription

    Engraved on bell: Made by / GRAVES & CO. / Boston

    Provenance

    1996, sold by Robert E. Sheldon, Washington, DC, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 26, 1996)

    Credit Line

    Foster Charitable Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 105.7 cm (41 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1996.111

    Medium or Technique

    Nickel silver

    Not On View

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  • Bass tuba in E-flat

    1864–66
    Gilmore, Graves & Co. (American, active 1864–1866 American)

    Object Place, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Body of nickel silver in upright form. Three rotary valves. Old (possibly original) mouthpiece.

    Inscription

    Engraved on bell: Gilmore, Graves & Co. / BOSTON

    Provenance

    1996, sold by Robert E. Sheldon, Washington, DC, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 26, 1996)

    Credit Line

    Foster Charitable Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 116.8 cm (46 in.)

    Accession Number

    1996.112

    Medium or Technique

    Nickel silver

    Not On View

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  • Bass tuba in B-flat (helicon form)

    1871–76
    Hall & Quinby (American, active 1866–1875 American)

    Object Place, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Body of nickel silver in circular (“helicon”) form. Three rotary valves of type with oval windways designed about 1850 by Joseph Lathrop Allen (Boston.) Mouthpiece missing.

    Inscription

    Engraved on bell: Made for the / ALLEGHANIANS, / by / Hall & Quinby, / Boston

    Provenance

    1996, sold by Robert E. Sheldon, Washington, DC, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 26, 1996)

    Credit Line

    Foster Charitable Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 88 cm (34 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1996.113

    Medium or Technique

    Nickel silver

    Not On View

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  • Mute cornett

    possibly 17th century

    Object Place, Norfolk, England

    Description

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 45.4 cm (17 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1953

    Medium or Technique

    Antelope horn

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  • Watchman's horn

    19th century

    Object Place, England

    Description

    Made of a twisted ox-horn; a brass bell and a brass band in the upper end; tipped at the small end with a brass ferrule. The hemispherical cup mouthpiece is of horn.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 85 cm (33 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1966

    Medium or Technique

    Oxhorn, brass

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  • Forester's horn

    19th century

    Object Place, England

    Description

    Made of ox-horn without mounts. No mouthpiece; the embouchure is formed by the sawing off of the horn tip.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 40 cm (15 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1965

    Medium or Technique

    Oxhorn

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  • Forester's horn

    19th century

    Object Place, Probably Germany

    Description

    Made of a cow’s horn; German silver bell, two hoops with eyelets for a chord, a mouthpipe of German silver with a fixed cup-shaped mouthpiece of ivory. Raised stamping of a leaping deer on ond side.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 36 cm (14 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1979

    Medium or Technique

    Cowhorn, nickel silver

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  • Trumpet (shofar)

    19th century

    Object Place, Poland

    Description

    Made of a ram’s horn, straightened out and flattened; a scalloped opening edge. Engraved zigzags in three wavy, parallel lines. The integral mouthpiece of oval conoidal shape is carved out of the cut-off tip of the horn.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 33.5 cm (13 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1961

    Medium or Technique

    Ramhorn

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  • Bockhorn

    19th century

    Object Place, Possibly Sweden

    Description

    Made of a goat’s horn. Mounted with a brass band near the bell. Four equally spaced finger-holes. Irregular oval shaped integral mouthpiece carved in the small end and similar to that of the [MFA’s] shofar [no. 17.1961]. Irregular initial bore of circular shape with two slots filed diametrically opposite one another.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 26.5 cm (10 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1963

    Medium or Technique

    Cow or goathorn

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  • Trumpet (oliphant)

    19th century

    Object Place, Bavaria, Germany

    Description

    Ivory hunting horn. Irregular bore with a wooden pierced plug located 25 cm. from the bell opening. Made of an elephant’s tusk, richly carved with hunting scenes and the conversion of St. Eustace. Hemispherical cup mouthpiece of ivory with small orifice and conoidal backbore.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 99 cm (39 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1962

    Medium or Technique

    Ivory

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  • Trumpet

    late 19th century

    Object Place, Florence, Italy

    Description

    Made of greenish-white glass. Cylindro-conoidal bore with flaring bell. The approximate tonality is B-flat.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 72 cm (28 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1978

    Medium or Technique

    Glass

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Trumpet

    late 19th century

    Object Place, France

    Description

    Made of ivory-colored celluloid. Integral cup-mouthpiece. The tonality is, approximately, G-sharp.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 55 cm (21 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1980

    Medium or Technique

    Plastic

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Trumpet (büchel)

    19th century

    Object Place, Switzerland

    Description

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 98 cm (38 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1998

    Medium or Technique

    Pine, birch bark

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Trumpet (büchel)

    1900–50

    Object Place, Switzerland

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1989, Moffatt-Ladd House, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. By 1989, The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America -New Hampshire (NSCDA); 1989, gift of the NSCDA to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 20, 1989)

    Credit Line

    Gift of the National Association of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Hampshire

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 84 cm (33 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1989.698

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, birch bark

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Näverlur

    1971
    Rune Selén (Swedish Swedish)

    Object Place, Mora, Sweden

    Description

    Inscription

    Inscribed inside bell: 1151 / RS MORA 1971

    Provenance

    1977, sold by the estate of Edwin M. Ripin (1930-1975), Forest Hills, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 9, 1977)

    Credit Line

    Edwin M. Ripin Collection, Friends of the Collection Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 130.9 cm (51 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.78

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, birch bark

    Not On View

    Collections

    Contemporary Art, Europe, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Lur (after Danish example, about 1000 B.C.)

    late 19th century
    Probably by Victor-Charles Mahillon (Belgian, 1841–1924 Belgian)

    Object Place, Brussels, Belgium

    Description

    Bronze. Conoidal bore. Made in two principal parts, each part consisting of three joints fastened by ferrules. Cup-shaped mouthpiece. The bell end is embellished by a disc with eight hemispherical indentations; five pendants on rings near the mouthpiece. The original of this instrument was found in an excavation of remnants of the Bronze Age in peat beds in Denmark and is now preserved in the Royal Museum of Antiquities of the North in Copenhagen.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 119 cm (46 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1968

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

    Not On View

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    Europe, Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Lituus (after ancient Roman type)

    late 19th century
    Probably by Victor-Charles Mahillon (Belgian, 1841–1924 Belgian)

    Object Place, Brussels, Belgium

    Description

    Reproduction of a Roman calvary trumpet. Cylindro-conoidal bore. Copper, with brass mouthpiece. The approximate tonality is G. The conoidal part of the tube is curved up, forming a rimless bell. The original of the instrument is preserved in the Vatican Museum in Rome and was found in the tomb of a warrior excavated in 1827 in Cervetere, Italy, formerly Caere of the Etruscans.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 163 cm (64 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1991

    Medium or Technique

    Copper

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Buccina (after 1st-century B.C. Pompeiian type)

    late 19th century

    Object Place, England

    Description

    Conoidal bore. Brass. The tube is bent into a G-shape in the same plane. Cup-shaped mouthpiece; moderately flaring bell. The instrument is braced with a turned wooden rod. The original of this instrument was found in an excavation in Pompeii and is now preserved in the National Museum in Naples.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 132 cm (51 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1967

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Trumpet (buisine [pastiche])

    late 19th century
    Probably by Leopoldo Franciolini (Italian, 1844–1920 Italian)

    Object Place, Florence, Italy

    Description

    Alto in D. Cylindro-conoidal bore. Brass. The tube is made in five parts with the joints reinforced by engraved brass bands. Finely engraved bulb located 30 cm. from the bell. The rim of the bell is reinforced by a wide band with a scalloped top. A loop in the lower half for a banner. Brass mouthpiece (not original).

    Inscription

    Engraved on garland: MACHT. SEBASTIAN [shield with bird] HAINLEIN. M.CDLX [two birds]

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 102 cm (40 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1990

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Cornetto (after 17th-century type)

    late 19th century
    Probably by Francis William Galpin (English, 1858–1945)

    Object Place, Hatfield Regis, England

    Description

    In A. The lowest tone is a. Made from two slabs of wood, the curved conoidal bore carved in halves which have been fastened together and covered by black leather. The outside of the tube is of irregular, octagonal cross-section. Six finger-holes in the front; a thumb-hole in the rear. The mouthpiece is lost.

    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

    Copyright

    Reproduced with permission.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 58 cm (22 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1949

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, leather

    Not On View

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    Europe, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Tenor cornett (after 17th-century type)

    late 19th century
    Probably by Francis William Galpin (English, 1858–1945)

    Object Place, Hatfield Regis, England

    Description

    In C. The lowest tone is c. Made from two slabs of wood, the currved conoidal bore carved in halves which have been fastened together and covered by black leather. The tube is bent twice in the form of the letter S. Ivory tip at the small end. Six finger-holes in the front, and seventh hole stopped by a square brass key with a double touch-piece; a thumb-hole in the rear. The mouthpiece is lost.

    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

    Copyright

    Reproduced with permission.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 91 cm (35 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1950

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, leather, brass

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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