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Oboes, Bassoons, and Related Instruments

  • 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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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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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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      MIAudio131.mp3

  • 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 English)

    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 English)

    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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    Europe, Musical Instruments

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  • Oboe

    1815
    Andrea Fornari (Italian, 1753–1841 Italian)

    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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    Europe, Musical Instruments

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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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  • 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 Italian)

    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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  • Tenor oboe

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

    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 English)

    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 English)

    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 French)

    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 English)

    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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    Europe, Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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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

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    Dimensions

    Length 63.6 cm (25 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1922

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, brass

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  • Tenor bassoon (tenoroon)

    1750–1800
    John Blockley (English, 1735–1798 English)

    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

    Not On View

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  • Alto bassoon

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

    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)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 54.2 cm (21 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1890

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, brass

    Not On View

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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.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 91.6 cm (36 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1902

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, brass

    Not On View

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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

    Not On View

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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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