• The MFA’s Musical Instruments Collection contains over 1,100 examples from around the world, ranging from ancient times to the twenty-first century. Explore a selection of oboes, bassoons, and related instruments from the Museum’s holdings.

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  • Oboe

    about 1720
    Hendrik Richters (1683–1727)

    Object Place: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Description

    Music: Excerpt from Sonata in G minor (Op. 2, No. 5) by Johann Christian Shickhardt, 1709/10 (performed by Joyce Alper)

    Inscription

    Stamped on all joints: H RICHTERS / [trefoil]; engraved arebus: [a barrel, a winged hourglass, and a diagonal ladder above a globe surmounted by a cross] (Grasp time and learn to know the world), 'C' touch [Bacchus seated astride a barrel with a glass in hand], on the c' key flap;

    Provenance

    Before 1985, E. van Tright, Berlicum, Holland. By 1985, acquired from source unidentified by Tony Bingham, London, England; 1985, sold by Bingham to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 23, 1985)

    Credit Line

    William E. Nickerson Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 56.8 cm (22 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1985.705

    Medium or Technique

    Ebony, ivory, silver

    On View

    Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)

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  • Oboe

    about 1725
    Johann Wolfgang Kenigsperger (1724–1752)

    Object Place: Roding, Germany

    Description

    In C. Pearwood, stained dark reddish-brown. Made in three parts: upper and lower bodyjoints, and bell. Six fingerholes, the third and fourth doubled. Three square keys (Young type K) of brass (c’ and e-flat’ x 2), mounted on rings with SATW. Two vent holes in bell. Bell opening slightly narrowed.

    Inscription

    Stamped on bell: [bullet] I [bullet] W [bullet] / [bullet] KENIGSPERGER [bullet]; stamped on lower ends of upper and lower bodyjoints: 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 57.3 cm (22 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1908

    Medium or Technique

    Pearwood, horn, brass

    Not On View

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    • Fantasy No. 6 in D-minor, 1732–33

      Composed by George Philipp Telemann

      Performed by Stephen Hammer

  • Oboe

    1700–50

    Object Place: Possibly England

    Description

    In C. Ivory Made in three parts: upper and lower bodyjoints, and bell. Six fingerholes, the third and fourth doubled. Three square keys (Young type ) of silver-plated brass (c’ and e-flat x 2), mounted on rings with SAT?. Two vent holes in bell. Bell opening slighly narrowed.

    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 58.7 cm (23 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1905

    Medium or Technique

    Ivory, silver

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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  • Oboe

    mid-18th century
    Charles Bizey (active before 1716–after 1752)

    Object Place: Paris, France

    Description

    In B-flat (?) Boxwood, stained light yellow-brown. Ivory rings. Made in three parts: upper and lower bodyjoints, and bell. Six fingerholes, the third and fourth doubled. Two square keys (Young type S and A) of silver (c’ and e-flat’x 2), mounted on rings with SATW. Two vent holes in bell.

    Inscription

    Stamped on all joints: [fleur-de-lis] / BIZEY

    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 61.8 cm (24 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1910

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, silver, ivory

    Not On View

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  • Oboe

    about 1790
    Henry Kusder (after 1762–1801)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    In C. Pearwood, stained dark brown. Ivory rings. Made in three parts: upper and lower bodyjoints and bell. Six fingerholes, the third and fourth doubled. Two square keys (Young type S) of silver (c’ and e-flat’), mounted on rings with SATK. Two vent holes in bell. Bell opening slightly narrowed.

    Inscription

    Stamped on all joints: KUSDER / LONDON; stamped on underside of keys: 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 58.5 cm (23 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1907

    Medium or Technique

    Pearwood, ivory, silver

    Not On View

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  • Oboe

    about 1800
    William Milhouse (English, 1761–after 1835)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    In C. Boxwood, stained light yellow-brown. Ivory rings (?) Made in three parts: upper and lower bodyjoints, and bell. Six fingerholes, the third and fourth doubled. Originally two square keys (Young type N or R?) of silver? (c’ and e-flat’), mounted on rings with SATK. Added key (Young type S) for  Two vent holes in bell. The bell opening is slightly narrowed.

    Inscription

    Stamped on all joints: W. MILHOUSE / LONDON; stamped on underside of original keys: WM

    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 56.9 cm (22 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1909

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, silver

    Not On View

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  • Oboe

    about 1800
    George Astor & Co. (English, 1752–1813)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    In C. Boxwood, stained light yellow-brown. Ivory rings. Made in three parts: upper and lower bodyjoints, and bell. Six fingerholes, the third and fourth doubled. Two octagonal keys (Young type R) of brass (c’ and e-flat’), mounted on rings with SATK.

    Inscription

    Stamped on all joints: G x ASTOR & CO. / LONDON / [unicorn]

    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 57 cm (22 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.71

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, ivory, brass

    Not On View

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  • Oboe

    1815
    Andrea Fornari (Italian, 1753–1841)

    Object Place: Venice, Italy

    Description

    In C. Varnished ebony. Ivory rings. Made in three parts: upper and lower bodyjoints and bell. Two interchangeable upper bodyjoints. Six fingerholes, the third doubled. Two square keys (Young type AF) of ivory (c’ and e-flat’), mounted on rings with SATW. Two vent holes in bell. Bell opening slightly narrowed.

    Inscription

    Stamped on upper bodyjoint 1: [8-point star] / FORNARI / 1; stamped on upper bodyjoint 2: [8-point star] / FORNARI / 2; stamped on lower bodyjoint: [8-point star] / FORNARI / 8-point star] / A VENEZIA; stamped on bell: [8-point star] / FORNARI / 1815 / [8-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 56.7 cm (22 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1906

    Medium or Technique

    Ebony, ivory

    Not On View

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  • Oboe

    about 1830
    Guillaume Triébert (1770–1848)

    Object Place: Paris, France

    Description

    Body of boxwood in three sections with ivory rings. Ten cupped brass keys (b, c’, c-sharp’, e-flat’, f’, f-sharp’, g-sharp’, b-flat’, c”, octave key) mounted on posts with foot plates. Third and fourth finger-holes doubled. Brass thumbrest.

    Inscription

    Stamped on all sections: [castle with three crenelations] / TRIEBERT / A PARIS

    Provenance

    1998, sold by Jean Michel Renard, Bellenaves, France, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1998)

    Credit Line

    Harriet Otis Cruft Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 56.7 cm (22 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1998.1

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, ivory, brass

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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    • Etude No. 1 from the Complete Method for the Oboe, 1850

      Composed by Apollon Marie-Rose Barret

      Performed by Stephen Hammer

  • Oboe da caccia

    early 18th century

    Object Place: Probably Germany

    Description

    The lowest tone is f. Curved form. Two keys. Walnut, covered with leather. Made in two parts, a curved brass staple and a tube with a bell. The bulb, into which the staple is inserted, and the bell were both turned on a lathe. The central curved part of the tube, octagonal in shape for three-quarters of its length, has a curved bored carved out of two slabs of wood. The slabs were glued together and the whole instrument was then covered with leather. Six finger-holes in the front, of which the third and the fourth are double; two brass keys, C and e-flat, mounted on knobs; two vent-holes on the bell. The bell has a large flare, with a plain opening. Young type YY (C key); Young type H (e-flat key). SATK.

    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 84.5 cm (33 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1918

    Medium or Technique

    Walnut, leather, brass

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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  • English horn

    1800–25
    Andrea Fornari (Italian, 1753–1841)

    Object Place: Venice, Italy

    Description

    In F. The lowest tone is f. Curved form. Six keys. Made in three parts; two curved, leather-covered body-joints of pearwood tipped with horn and ivory ferrules, and a pear-shaped bell with a Liebefuss, also tipped with ivory. Six finger-holes in the front, of which the third is doubled. The key mechanism was made in three stages: (I) the original keys, c and d- sharp, are flat brass keys mounted on knobs; (2) the c-sharp, g-sharp, and b- flat keys are mounted on brass saddles, and were added; (3) the speaker key is located at the front and is connected by a bent link to the thumb-lever at the back, both the speaker key and the thumb-lever being mounted on pillars. Young types A and AF; SATK and SATW.

    Inscription

    Stamped on bell: [encircled by twelve 8-point stars: FORNARI / A VENEZIA]

    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 75.2 cm (29 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1920

    Medium or Technique

    Pearwood, leather, horn, ivory, brass

    Not On View

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  • English horn

    about 1830
    Wolfgang Küss (Austrian, about 1779–1834)

    Object Place: Vienna, Austria

    Description

    In F. The lowest tone is e. Ten keys. The tube is bent in the middle at an angle of 120 degrees. Boxwood, stained dark red-brown, ivory tips. Made in six parts: a brass staple slightly bent back, a molded ‘bulb’ with an ivory tip, left-hand body-joint, an ivory 120-degress elbow, right- hand body-joint, and pear-shaped bell with the Liebefuss. The brass cup- shaped keys are b (open), c’ (open), c’-sharp, d’-sharp, f’, f’-sharp (in conjunction with hole), g’-sharp, b’-flat, c”, and the speaker key. All keys are mounted on knobs. The b and c’-sharp key have long levers operated by the left little finger; the b’-flat key also has an extended lever operated by the right thumb. Domed keys with SATK.

    Inscription

    Stamped on all sections: [imperial eagle] / Küss / 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 77 cm (30 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1919

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, ivory, brass

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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    • Ranz Des Vaches from Manfred, 1852

      Composed by Robert Schumann

      Performed by Stephen Hammer

  • Tenor oboe

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

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    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.

    Inscription

    Stamped on lower body section and bell: CALEB / GEDNEY

    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

    17.1912

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, brass

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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  • Bass oboe

    about 1760

    Object Place: England

    Description

    In C. The lowest tone is c. Four keys. Maple, stained black- brown. Made in four parts: a brass crook, left-hand body-joint, right-hand body-joint (with three keys), a bell with moderate flare and plain opening. Six finger-holes in the front; three brass keys, c, c-sharp, d-sharp, the levers of the of the c and c-sharp keys being interlocked so that the c-key is automatically closed when the c-sharp key is pressed down; the fourth key is the speaker-key; two vent-holes on the bell. All keys are mounted on brass saddles. SATW, Young key type S; also, spatula design.

    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 100.8 cm (39 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1913

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, brass

    Not On View

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  • Tenor oboe (vox humana)

    about 1790
    William Milhouse (English, 1761–after 1835)

    Object Place: Newark, England

    Description

    In F. Boxwood, stained dark brown. Made in two parts: dark brown. Made in three parts: a short brass staple, bent slightly backward, left-hand (upper) bodyjoint, right-hand bodyjoint and bell made in one piece; the bell has a very slight flare outside and practically continues the conoidal bore. The opening is not narrowed. The left-hand joint is tipped with ivory, the right-hand with brass. Six finger-holes in the front; two square brass keys (Young type A), c’ and d’-sharp, mounted on knobs, SATW. No vent-holes on the bell.

    Inscription

    Stamped on all joints: MILHOUSE / NEWARK

    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 without crook 72.6 cm (28 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1911

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, ivory, brass

    Not On View

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  • Bassoon

    before 1787
    William Milhouse (English, 1761–after 1835)

    Object Place: Newark, England

    Description

    Contrabass in C. The lowest tone is BB-flat. Five keys. Maple, stained dark brown; brass tips. Made in five parts: brass crook, wing (or tenor) joint, butt, long joint, and a bell. The bore is conoidal up to the bell; the bore of the bell is an inverted conoid narrowing toward the orifice. Six finger-holes in the front; two thumb-holes in the rear. Five brass keys: BB-flat, D, E-flat in the rear, F and F-sharp in the front; the F- key has a double touch-piece; all the keys are mounted on saddles. 3 round and 2 spatula brass keys, SATK and SATW.

    Inscription

    Stamped on buttjoint: MILHOUSE / NEWARK

    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 123 cm (48 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1925

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, brass

    Not On View

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  • Bassoon

    late 18th century

    Object Place: Probably Germany

    Description

    Contrabass in C. The lowest tone is BB-flat. Nine keys. Boxwood, stained light yellow: brass tips. Made in five parts: brass crook, wing, wing (or tenor) joint, butt, long joint, and a bell. The bore is conoidal up to the bell; the bore of the bell is an inverted conoid narrowing toward the orifice. Six finger-holes in the front; two thumb-holes in the rear. The instrument has been considerably changed: the long joint shortened and the key mechanism altered. The original instrument had but five keys: BB-flat, D, E-flat (now removed and the hole and the saddle socket plugged with wood), F, and G-hsharp. Subsequently, F-sharp, B-correction key, c-sharp, f-sharp, and a’ keys were added. The original keys are mounted on saddles; the new keys are ‘home made’ and mounted on wire loops. SATK, one SATW; Young type X (or V ), S and 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 114 cm (44 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1924

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, brass

    Not On View

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  • Bassoon

    about 1800
    Dominique Antony Porthaux (about 1751–1839)

    Object Place: Paris, France

    Description

    Inscription

    Stamped on all joints: [5-point star] / PORTHAUX / A PARIS

    Provenance

    By 1982, Mrs. Edward B. Witte, Belmont, Massachusetts, who apparently found the object in a barn, Harvard, Massachusetts, that previously belonged to a French scholar and professor at Harvard University; 1982, gift of Witte to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 13, 1982)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Edward B. Witte

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 129.2 cm (50 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1982.7

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, brass

    Not On View

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  • Bassoon

    about 1810
    Probably by Pierre Joseph Cuvillier (1779–1847)

    Object Place: St. Omer, France

    Description

    Inscription

    Stamped: [lyre] / CUVILLIER / A ST. OMER / [caduceus]

    Provenance

    By 1981, Lillian Caplin, The Center for Musical Antiquities, New York; 1981, sold by Caplin to Dr. Marshall Sparberg, Chicago, Illinois; 1988, gift of Sparberg to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 27, 1988)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Marshall Sparberg, M.D.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 126.4 cm (49 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1988.276

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, brass

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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  • Bassoon (Boehm system)

    about 1865
    Angelo Gaëtan Philippe Marzoli (died in 1865)

    Object Place: Paris, France

    Description

    Contrassbass in C. The lowest tone is BB-flat. Twenty-nine keys. Rosewood, stained dark brown. German silver keys and trimmings. Made in six parts: crook, two left-hand joints, a U-shaped connecting tube (German silver), two right-hand joints; the whole body of the instrument forming a U-shaped tube with unequal arms. The bore is conoidal throughout, with a slightly flaring bell. There is no wing joint or butt. No finger-holes. All holes, twenty-nine in number, are covered with cup-shaped keys operated by a very ingenious, but exceedingly complicated, mechanism based on that of the Boehm flute.

    Inscription

    Stamped on wingjoint and bell: BREVETE / [monogram] / A. MARZOLI A PARIS; Stamped on bell: 92

    Provenance

    By 1890, belonged to a 60th Rifle Battalion of the British Armed Forces [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 132.7 cm (52 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1927

    Medium or Technique

    Rosewood, nickel silver

    Not On View

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  • Bassoon

    1874–76
    Boosey & Co. (English, active 1874–1930)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    Contrabass in C. The lowest tone is BB-flat. Seventeen keys. Rosewood, stained dark brown; German silver keys and tips. Made in five parts: crook, wing (or tenor) joint, butt, long joint, and a bell. Conoidal bore, except the bell-joint which becomes very slightly narrower toward the orifice (about 75 percent of its length), then gradually flares out. Six finger-holes in the front; one thumb-hole in the rear. The key mechanism is of a modern type mounted on pillars. Bb-flat, C, and D keys are interlocked. The B-natural key is located on the long joint and is not interlocked with the C-key. The vent-hole key on the crook is interlocked with the three highest keys. Cupped keys, SATK.

    Inscription

    Stamped on bell, wingjoint and buttjoint: 2 0x / 1 ; stamped on bassjoint: 2 Ox / 1 / [BOOSEY &] Co/ 29[0?] RE[G]ENT STREET / LONDON / [62]63

    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 127.4 cm (50 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1926

    Medium or Technique

    Rosewood, nickel silver

    Not On View

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  • Soprano bassoon (fagottino)

    about 1700
    Johann Christoph Denner (German, 1655–1707)

    Object Place: Nuremberg, Germany

    Description

    Baritone in C. The lowest tone is B-flat. Three keys. Boxwood, stained light yellowish-brown; brass tips. Made in five parts; brass crook, wing (or tenor) joint, butt, long joint, and a bell. The bore is conoidal up to the bell; the bore of the bell is an inverted, conoid narrowing toward the orifice. Six finger-holes in the front; two thumb-holes in the rear. Three square brass keys (open): B-flat, d, and f’; mounted on knobs. The bell and the body-joint are richly molded.

    Inscription

    Stamped on long and butt sections: [in scroll: I.C. DENNER] / 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)

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    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 63.6 cm (25 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1922

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, brass

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    • Marche du Roy de la chine, 1686

      Composed by André Philidor

      Performed by Daniel Deitch on a fagottino after Denner, made by Daniel Deitch, San Francisco, CA

  • Tenor bassoon (tenoroon)

    about 1755–1798
    John Blockley (English, 1735–1798)

    Object Place: Ullesthorpe, England

    Description

    Bass in F. The lowest tone is E-flat. Four keys. Boxwood, stained blackish-brown; brass tips. Made in five parts: brass crook, wing (or tenor) joint, butt, long joint, and a bell. The bore is conoidal up to the bell; the bore of the bell is an inverted conoid narrowing toward the orifice. Six finger-holes in the front; two thumb-holes in the rear. Four brass keys (Young type U and spatula) mounted on saddles: B-flat, d, f, and g-sharp, SATW.

    Inscription

    Stamped on bell, bassjoint and wingjoint: [Irish harp] / BLOCKLEY ; stamped on buttjoint: BLOCKLEY / [Irish harp]

    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)

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    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 83.2 cm (32 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1923

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, brass

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  • Alto bassoon

    about 1830
    Wood & Ivy (English, 1837–1847)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    In C. Conoidal bore. Bassoon-shaped instrument with a mouthpiece of clarinet type. Eight keys. Boxwood, stained dark brown, tipped with brass ferrules. Made in six parts: mouthpiece, brass crook, wing-joint, butt, long joint, a short bell with a slightly contracted orifice. The brass keys are cup-shaped; some are mounted on knobs and some on saddles. The keys are d (open), e-flat, f (open), f-sharp, g-sharp, c’-sharp, a cross-fingering correction key, and a speaker-key. SATK

    Inscription

    SOHO / LONDON; stamped on bell and wing joint: Wood & Ivy; stamped on Stamped on bass joint: Wood & Ivy / LATE Geo. Wood / NEW COMPTON S. / 50 / buttjoint: Wood & Ivy / LATE Geo. Wood / 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)

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    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 54.2 cm (21 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1890

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, brass

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  • Contrabassoon

    about 1840
    Johann Stehle (1808 or 1809–1871)

    Object Place: Vienna, Austria

    Description

    Subcontrabass in C. The lowest tone is BBB-flat (high pitch). Nine keys. Maple, stained dark brown; brass extension tube [removed - see “Conservation History” below] and bell; brass tips. Made in eight parts: crook, crook extension pipe (both of brass), wing-joint, intermediate joint, butt, long joint (all these are of wood), brass extension tube [removed], and a bell. The bore is conoidal up to the end of the wooden long joint; the brass extension tube is cylindrical. Six finger-holes in the front, two thumb-holes in the rear. Nine cup-shaped keys mounted on pillars. The keys have the standard arrangement, except for the old style c-sharp key, which is mounted in the rear above the F-hole and is operated by the right-hnad thumb.

    Inscription

    Stamped on ?: [eagle] / Stehle / formals / Kuss / Wien; Engraved on butt-joint ferrule: Kaiser K. Hof - Capellen / Instrument [foliage]

    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 169.3 cm (66 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1928

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, brass

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  • Treble shawm (after 17th-century type)

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

    Object Place: Hatfield Regis, England

    Description

    In C. Conoidal bore. Walnut, stained dark brown. Made in four parts: short wooden staple, long body-joint, bell, and a fontanelle. Six finger-holes in the front; one large (8 mm.) hole under the fontanelle, not accessible for fingering and not stopped by any key; two vent-holes on the bell-joint.

    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 64.1 cm (25 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1901

    Medium or Technique

    Walnut, brass

    Not On View

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  • Alto shawm (after 17th-century type)

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

    Object Place: Hatfield Regis, England

    Description

    In F. Conoidal bore. Boxwood, stained dark brown; the fontanelle is of pine. Made in four part: pirouette, long body-joint, bell- joint, and the fontanelle. Six finger-holes on the body-joint; one key, stopping the hole located on the bell joint, the mechanism of which is protected by the fontanelle and a lever with two touch-pieces projecting outside. Two vent-holes on the bell-joint.

    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.

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    Dimensions

    Length 91.6 cm (36 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1902

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, brass

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  • Tenor shawm (after 17th-century type)

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

    Object Place: Hatfield Regis, England

    Description

    In C. Conoidal bore. Walnut, stained dark brown. Made in six parts: pirouette, staple, long body-joint, fontanelle-joint, bell-joint, and the fontanelle. Six finger-holes on the body-joint; one key, stopping the hole located on the bell-joint, the mechanism of which is protected by the fontanelle and a lever with two touch-pieces projecting outside. Two vent- holes on the bell-joint.

    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 without bocal 109.7 cm (43 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1903

    Medium or Technique

    Walnut, brass

    Not On View

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  • Bass shawm (after 17th-century type)

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

    Object Place: Hatfield Regis, England

    Description

    In C. Conoidal bore. Walnut, stained dark brown. Made in five parts: crook, long body-joint, fontanelle-joint, bell-joint, and the fontanelle. Six finger-holes in the front. Four keys, two located in the front and operated by the little finger and two in the rear. The key mechanism is protected by a very long fontanelle (46.5 cm) and the lowest key is enclosed in a brass guard located at the rear.

    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)

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    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Copyright

    Reproduced with permission.

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    Dimensions

    Length without bocal 184.5 cm (72 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1904

    Medium or Technique

    Walnut, brass

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  • Bass curtal (after early 17th-century type)

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

    Object Place: Hatfield Regis, England

    Description

    Bass in G. The lowest tone is G. Two keys. Boxwood, stained blackish-brown. Made in three parts: a brass crook with a circular brass shoe, the body fo oval cross-section with a double bore, and a short bell; bound with brass ferrules. Six finger-holes in the front; two thumb-holes in the rear. Two open brass keys: one in the front, F (actually gives c) with two touch pieces, another one in the rear, D (actually gives A); both keys have their mechanisms protected by perforated brass boxes. … The original instrument, of which this one is a simpflied copy, is preserved in the Germanic Museum in Nuremberg.

    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.

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    Dimensions

    Length 66.2 cm (26 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1921

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, brass

    Not On View

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  • Bass courtaut (after Mersenne, 1636)

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

    Object Place: Hatfield Regis, England

    Description

    Cylindrical body of maple, stained dark brown. Two flaring caps bound with brass ferrules. Brass staple for the double reed. The U-shaped air column is formed by two long bores joined at the bottom by a cross-bore, the extra holes plugged by wooden plugs. Six finger-holes in the front, very small in diameter (2 mm.); six large holes (5 mm. bore) bored in the funnel- shaped protruding plugs (three of them dummies) and the rear tube; two thumb- holes and a vent-hole in the rear.

    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 61.5 cm (24 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1893

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, brass

    Not On View

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  • Alto rackett (after early 17th-century type)

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

    Object Place: Hatfield Regis, England

    Description

    Short cylindrical body of maple, stained dark brown. Two caps, short mouth-pipe; brass staple for reed and a pirouette. The air column is formed by seven parallel bores, the central one serving as the initial duct; all the bores are connected so as to form one continuous air passage. Ten finger-holes; additional eight holes in a diamond formation.

    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 20.9 cm (8 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1894

    Medium or Technique

    Maple

    Not On View

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