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Recorders, Flageolets, and Other Duct Flutes

  • 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 recorders, flageolets, and other duct flutes from the Museum’s holdings.

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  • Bass recorder

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

    Object Place: Nuremberg, Germany

    Description

    In F. Boxwood body in three principal parts: head, body, foot; brass band (repair?) around head. Brass bocal with ivory mouthpiece. Six fingerholes and one thumbhole. One brass key (C).

    Inscription

    Stamped: [in scroll: I. C. DENNER] / D / I

    Provenance

    Before 1987, sold by source unidentified, Cremona, Italy, to Gerhard Stradner (then curator of musical instruments at the Kuntshistorisches Museum), Vienna, Austria; by 1987, sold by Stradner to Tony Bingham, London, England; 1987, sold by Bingham to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 25, 1987)

    Credit Line

    John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund and Musical Instruments Curator's Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length without bocal 96.8 cm (38 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1987.550

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, brass, ivory

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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    Europe, Musical Instruments

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  • Alto recorder

    early 18th century

    Object Place: Probably Germany

    Description

    In G. The lowest tone i g’. Conoidal bore. Beautifully turned and carved ivory. Made in three principal parts: the head, the body, and the foot-joint, but each part is made of several pieces skilfully joined by screw threads. The mouthpiece is in the form of a fish’s head; the head is beautifully carved with a foliated design; the foot-joint is finely carved, with a scalloped rim. Seven finger-holes ins front, thumb-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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 43.5 cm (17 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1809

    Medium or Technique

    Ivory

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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  • Tenor recorder

    about 1730
    John Neale (active 1721–1734)

    Object Place: Dublin, Ireland

    Description

    In D. The lowest tone is d’. Coinodal bore. Pearwood, varnished blackish-borwn. Made in three parts: the head, the body, and the foot-joint. Seven finger-holes in front, thumb-hole in the rear.

    Inscription

    Stamped on back of foot: NEALE / [hear with two arrows]; scratched on bottom of foot: NEALE / MAKER

    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 61.5 cm (24 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1804

    Medium or Technique

    Pearwood

    Not On View

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  • Flageolet

    early 19th century

    Object Place: England

    Description

    Bessaboff - In C. The lowest tone is c”’-sharp. Conoidal bore. Rosewood, stained dark mahogany-brown; ivory tips and mouthpiece. Made in three parts: a cap with mouthpiece, head joint with a fipple, flute, and, lip, and body- joint (with an inner mouthpiece). Seven finger-holes in front; the eighth, a thumb-hole, is stopped by a small cup-shaped silver key. The F-sharp hole (third from the bottom) is enlarge, the seventh hole is reduced in diameter by the ivory plug. Small silver pins between the holes serve as finger-guides.

    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 23 cm (9 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1813

    Medium or Technique

    Rosewood, ivory, silver

    Not On View

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  • Double flageolet

    about 1815
    William Bainbridge (English, active 1803–1834 English)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    In . Conoidal bore. Boxwood with ivory tips and mouthpiece. Made in four principal parts; the cap, which serves as an air-chamber for both tubes; the lip-stock with a double-bore; two tubes of equal length. The lip-stock has two lips cut in it; each lip can be silenced by a cut-off shutter operated by a key. The left-hand tube has six finger-holes, of which the first one from the top is partially plugged; two silver keys nominally called D-sharp (?) and high D (both closed). The right-hand tube has four finger-holes; three keys, nominally called D-sharp (?), B, and C.

    Inscription

    Stamped: [crown] / BAINBRIDGE / HOLBORN / HILL / LONDON / PATENT

    Provenance

    December 10, 1973, Christie's, London, lot 4, to Edwin M. Ripin (1930-1975), Forest Hills, New York; 1977, sold by the estate of Edwin M. Ripin to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 9, 1977)

    Credit Line

    Edwin M. Ripin Collection, Gift of Robert B. Straus

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 40 cm (15 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.70

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, ivory, silver

    On View

    Sandra Sheppard Rodgers Gallery (Gallery 138B)

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    Europe, Musical Instruments

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  • Triple flageolet

    1830
    William Bainbridge (English, active 1803–1834 English)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    In A-flat and G-flat. Conoidal bores. Boxwood, stained light yellow; ivory tips and mouthpiece; silver keys. The fundamental instrument is made in four principal parts; the cap, which serves as an air-chamber for both tubes; the lip-stock with a double bore; two tubes of unequal length. The third tube is attached to the air-chamber cap by a short nipple, the same mouthpiece serving all three tubes. The lip-stock has two lips with wind- cutters and also two keys for the shorter tube stamped ‘New C Key,’ ‘New D Key’ (nominal high C and D keys). The shorter tube (left-hand) has six finger-holes and the following keys: low C-sharp, D-sharp, F-natural, high D (the duplicate of one on the lip-stock), and high E. The lower end bore of the longer tube is covered by a cap with a vent hole. It has four finger- holes and five keys; low B-natural (open, D, F-natural, high B-natural, and high C, the last four keys being closed. The third side-tube is made in three parts: a lip-stock with an auxiliary air-chamber, fipple, and wind- cutter; a receptacle tube plugged with a cork at the bottom; a long decorative extension tail-piece screwed into the ivory tip of the receptacle tube at the lower end. There is only one open finger-hole on the receptacle tube marked ‘F-natural’; four silver keys, a’, b’, c”, d”. Some keys hallmarked.

    Inscription

    Stamped on ?: BAINBRIDGE / INVENTOR / 35 / HOLBORN / HILL / LONDON / NEW / 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 57.2 cm (22 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1824

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, ivory, silver

    On View

    Musical Instruments Alcove (Gallery 103C)

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    Europe, Musical Instruments

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  • Double flageolet

    about 1830
    William Bainbridge (English, active 1803–1834 English)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    In . Conoidal bore. Boxwood with ivory tips and mouthpiece. Made in four principal parts; the cap, which serves as an air-chamber for both tubes; the lip-stock with a double bore; the tubes of equal length. The lip-stock has two lips cut in it; the lip for the right-hand tube can be silenced by a cut- off shutter operated by a key (there is no shutter for the left-hand tube). The left-hand tube has six finger-holes, of which the first one from the top is partially plugged; four brass keys nominally called D-sharp (?), F-natural, and high D. The right-hand tube has four finger-holes; four brass keys, nominally called D-sharp (?), F-natural, B, and speaker (?). The lip-stock has a key for the left-hand tube marked ‘C-Key’.

    Provenance

    By 1956, purchased in an antiquarian ship in Chelsea, England, 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 49.8 cm (19 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.769

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, ivory, brass

    Not On View

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  • Double flageolet

    about 1830
    John Simpson (active 1826–1869)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    Conoidal bores. Boxwood, varnished light yellow; ivory tips and mouthpiece. Made in four principal parts; the cap, which serves as an air-chamber for both tubes; the lip-stock with a double bore; two tubes of equal length. The lip-stock has two lips cut in it; each lip can be silenced by a cut-off shutter operated by a key. The left-hand tube has six fingerholes; four brass keys nominally called C-sharp (open), D-sharp, F-natural, and high D-natural (the last three closed). The right-hand tube has four fingerholes and a vent-hole opposite the C-sharp key. There are four brass keys on the right-hand tube: low C-sharp. Octagonal keys. In A-flat. The lowest tone is a’-flat.

    Inscription

    Stamped on ?: SIMPSON / 260. REGENT STREET / OXFORD STREET / LONDON / 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 47.5 cm (18 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1823

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, ivory, brass

    Not On View

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  • Double flageolet

    about 1835
    John Simpson (active 1826–1869)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    In A-flat and in G-flat. Conoidal bore. Boxwood, stained black; ivory tips and mouthpiece. Made in four principal parts; the cap, which serves as an air-chamber for both tubes; the lip-stock with a double bore; two tubes of unequal length. The lip-stock has two lips cut in it; each lip can be silenced by a cut-off shutter operated by a key. The shorter tube has for its lowest tone a’-flat; six finger-holes, of which the first one from the top is partially plugged; four silver keys nominally called C-sharp (open), D-sharp, F-natural, and high D-natural (the last three closed). The longer tube has g’-flat for its lowest tone; four finger-holes; five keys, nominally called B and C keys, F, high B, and C, of which two low keys are open and operated by long articulated levers.

    Inscription

    Stamped on ?; SIMPSON / 266 REGENT STREET / OXFORD STREET / LONDON / PATENT; stamped under windways: IMPROVED / 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 53.5 cm (21 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1822

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, ivory, silver

    Not On View

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  • Flageolet

    about 1830–40

    Object Place: Albany, New York, United States

    Description

    Body of boxwood made in three sections: windcap, head, and main body. Mouthpiece (missing), ferrules at joints, and studs between each fingerhole of ivory. One square key of brass. Seven fingerholes and one thumbhole. In B-flat.

    Inscription

    Stamped: MEACHAM / & POND / ALBANY

    Provenance

    2002, sold by Harold Priest, Kennebunk, Maine, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 26, 2002)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Zabel Mooseian, Gift of Katharine Tousey, Gift of Mrs. Alice Cobbett, Gift of Stanley Rubinsky, Gift of William Lindsey, Gift of Avedis Zildjian Company, Gift of Edith W. Smith, Gift of Al Cifre, Gift of Mrs. Harold P. Stose, and Gift of Narcissa Williamson, by exchange

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length (missing mouthpiece) 45.8 cm (18 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.181

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, ivory, brass

    Not On View

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  • Flageolet

    1800–50

    Object Place: France

    Description

    In G; lower chamber pitch (a’=420). Small tapered conoidal bore with a slight flare at the bottom. Boxwood, wax finish; made in two parts. Four finger-holes in front, two thumb-holes 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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 20.6 cm (8 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1817

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood

    Not On View

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  • Flageolet

    mid-19th century

    Object Place: England

    Description

    In G; low champer pitch (a’=420). Small tapered conoidal bore with a slight flare at the bottom. Boxwood, painted dark reddish-brown.
    Made in two parts. Four finger-holes in front, two thumb-holes in the rear. D- equals -sharp square brass key mounted on knobs.

    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 22.3 cm (8 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1841

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, brass

    Not On View

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  • Flageolet

    mid-19th century
    Thibouville frère (French, 1st half 19th century)

    Object Place: Paris, France

    Description

    Small tapered conoidal bore with a slight flare at the bottom. Ebony, with ivory tips and mouthpiece. Made in two parts. Four fingerholes in front, two thumbholes in the rear. In A; lower chamber pitch (a’=420).

    Inscription

    Stamped on body: Tibouvile - FRERE

    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 19.8 cm (7 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1819

    Medium or Technique

    Ebony, ivory

    Not On View

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  • Flageolet

    mid-19th century
    Thibouville, père et fils (French, 1st half 19th century)

    Object Place: Paris, France

    Description

    Small tapered conoidal bore, slightly chamfered at the bottom. Rosewood, stained dark reddish-brown. Ivory tips and mouthpiece. Made in two parts. Four finger-holes in front, two thumb-holes in the rear. D-sharp key of silver, round and mounted on knobs. In D; lower chamber pitch (a’=420).

    Inscription

    Stamped on body: Thibouville / PERE[?] & FILS / 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 26.5 cm (10 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1818

    Medium or Technique

    Rosewood, ivory, silver

    Not On View

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  • Flageolet

    mid-19th century
    P. L. Gautrot L'aîné (French, 1845–after 1884)

    Object Place: Paris, France

    Description

    In G’ low chamber pitch (a’=420). Seven German-silver keys. Small taper conoidal bore with a slight flare at the bottom. Ebony, German- silver tips, ivory mouthpiece. Made in four parts: the mouthpiece pipe, the air chamber joint, the lip joint, and the body joint containing the finger- holes. Four finger-holes in front, two thumb-holes in the rear. The keys are D-sharp, F-sharp, G-sharp, B-flat, C-natural, high E-flat, and two shake keys with long levers for a semi-tone and one tone shakes for all the tones, including the cross-fingerings.

    Inscription

    Stamped on body: [lyre] / GAUTROT AINE / BREVETE / A PARIS / [trademark]

    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 39.3 cm (15 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1820

    Medium or Technique

    Ebony, nickel silver

    Not On View

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  • Duct flute

    about 1840
    Thomas Prowse, Jr. (English, active 1832–1868 English)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    A vertical flute in A-flat. Lowest tone is a’. Conoidal bore. Boxwood, varnished yellow-brown; ivory mouthpiece and conoidal finger-guides. Made in three parts: a cap with mouthpiece, head joint with a fipple, flue, and lip, and body-joint. Seven finger-holes in the front, thumb-hole in the rear. Four round brass keys: D-shapr, F-natural, G-sharp, and B-flat.

    Inscription

    Stamped on body: T. Prowse. / Hanway Street / 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 47.5 cm (18 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1840

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, ivory, brass

    Not On View

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  • Flûte d'accord

    about 1800
    Friedrich Löhner I (German, 1737–1816)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    In C and in E. Elliptical solid block of wood with broad mouthpiece and two parallel coinoidal bores; maple, varnished dark yellow- brown. Seven double finger-holes in front, double thumb-hole in the rear.

    Inscription

    Stamped on body: [fleur-de-lis?] / F. LEHNER / F. L.

    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 31.5 cm (12 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1821

    Medium or Technique

    Maple

    Not On View

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  • Duct flute

    mid-19th century
    George French (English (?), active 1840–1860 English (?))

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    In C. Lowest tone d’. Conoidal bore. Boxwood, varnished light yellow; ivory tips. Made in four parts. Six finger-holes, the F-sharp hole enlarged; square silver key (D-sharp).

    Inscription

    Stamped on body?: G. French / London / [upside down: BOSTON / ...]

    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 55.5 cm (21 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1839

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood, ivory, silver

    Not On View

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  • Picco pipe

    1850–1900

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    Very slightly tapered conoidal bore with rounded flare at the bottom. Boxwood, wax finish. Two finger-holes in front, one thumb-hole in the rear.

    Inscription

    Stamped on body: 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 9.5 cm (3 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1810

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood

    Not On View

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  • Txirula

    late 19th century

    Object Place: France

    Description

    In D-flat. The lowest tone is d”-flat. Very slightly tapered conoidal bore. Boxwood, unvarnished. Two large finger-holes in front, thumb- hole in the rear. The tube is cut out at the finger-holes to provide a better grip. The lip is faced with a thin piece of tin.

    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 31.8 cm (12 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1814

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood

    Not On View

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  • Tabor pipe

    late 19th century

    Object Place: England

    Description

    In B-flat. The lowest tone is b’-flat. Very slightly tapered conoidal bore. Boxwood, unvarnished. Two large finger-holes in front, thumb- 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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 37 cm (14 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1811

    Medium or Technique

    Boxwood

    Not On View

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  • Double duct flute (dvojnice)

    19th century

    Object Place: Croatia

    Description

    Bessaraboff - Made out of a solid block of holly-oak. Two slightly divirgent cylindrical bores. The tubes, separated about half-way down by a hole cut through the stock, have a thin connecting rib left at the bottom. Three finger-holes in the left-hand pipe and four finger-holes in the right-hand pipe. Rough burnt-in decorations; the connecting rib has a circular hole. The top end has a wide mouthpiece and two fipples.

    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 31.3 cm (12 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1826

    Medium or Technique

    Holly

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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  • Duct flute

    late 19th century

    Object Place: England

    Description

    One-piece pewter body with cylindrical bore; flageolet-type mouthpiece. Six fingerholes.

    Provenance

    By 1980, sold by Elizabeth Robinson (a pewter dealer), Newton Falls, Massachusetts, to Donald Hindley, Wayland, Massachusetts; 1980, sold by Hindley to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 18, 1980)

    Credit Line

    Arthur Mason Knapp Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 38 cm (14 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1980.234

    Medium or Technique

    Pewter

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  • Duct flute

    late 19th century
    Labeled J & H (English, late 19th century? English)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    In C. Lowest tone d’. Cylindrical bore. Made of drawn brass tubing. Six finger-holes; the fipple is made of lead.

    Inscription

    Stamped on body: D / I & H / LONDON MADE / [registered trade mark]

    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

    17.1838

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

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  • Duct flute

    1925–50

    Object Place

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1984, sold at Brimfield Flea Market, Brimfield, Massachusetts, to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 28.5 cm (11 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.307

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

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  • Duct flute

    1950–75

    Object Place

    Description

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 33.7 cm (13 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.306

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, brass

    Not On View

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  • Double duct flute

    1984
    Douglas Deihl (American, born in 1948 American)

    Object Place: Northampton, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Copyright

    Reproduced with permission.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 32.5 cm (12 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.308

    Medium or Technique

    Raku-fired ceramic

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  • Treble recorder in A (after 18th-century type)

    late 19th century

    Object Place: Probably England

    Description

    In A. The lowest tone is a’. Conoidal bore. Walnut, stained dark mahogany reddish-brown. Made in three parts: the head, the body, and the foot-joint. Seven finger-holes in front, thumb-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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 37.5 cm (14 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1738

    Medium or Technique

    Walnut

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  • Alto recorder in G (after 16th-century type)

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

    Object Place: Hatfield Regis, England

    Description

    In G. Lowest tone g’. Conoidal bore, with slightly flaring bell. The tube is made of one piece of pearwood stained dark brown. Eight holes in front, the lowest one on the left stopped with wax; thumb-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 44.9 cm (17 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1805

    Medium or Technique

    Pearwood

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  • Tenor-alto recorder in D (after 16th-century type)

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

    Object Place: Hatfield Regis, England

    Description

    In D. Lowest tone d’. Conoidal bore with a slightly flaring bell. The tube is made of pearwood, stained light brown. Eight holes in front, the lowest one on the left stopped with wax; thumb-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 64 cm (25 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1806

    Medium or Technique

    Pearwood

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  • Basset recorder in G (after 16th-century type)

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

    Object Place: Hatfield Regis, England

    Description

    In G. The lowest tone is g. Made of walnut stained dark reddish-brown. Conoidal bore without flare at the lower end. The tube is made of one piece. The fipple is covered with a cap having a slit which serves as an air conductor. A perforated fontanelle. The cap and the fontanelle are mounted with brass rings. Six finger-holes in front; the lowest (first) holes is stopped with an articulated key having a double finger-touch lever; the key mechanism is enclosed within the fontanelle; thumb-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 92.1 cm (36 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1807

    Medium or Technique

    Walnut, brass

    Not On View

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  • Bass recorder in C (after 16th-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 of walnut, stained dark reddish brown. The tube is made in two parts, the body and the foot-joint; the cap serves as a receptacle for the S-shaped crook. The perforated fontanelle is on the foot-joint. The cap and fontanelle are mounted with brass rings. Six finger-holes in the front: the lowest (first) hole is stopped with an articulated key having a double finger-touch lever; the key mechanism is enclosed within the fontanelle; an S-shaped crook of brass; thumb-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 without bocal 133.1 cm (52 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1808

    Medium or Technique

    Walnut, brass

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  • Bass tabor pipe (after Praetorius, 1619)

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

    Object Place: Hatfield Regis, England

    Description

    In C. The lowest tone is d” (the second partial tone of the natural scale; the pedal tone is not available). Slightly tapered conoidal bore. Pearwood, unvarnished. Made in two parts; the body and the cap. Two holes in front and thumb-hole in the rear. The bell has slightly flaring bore at the end. A brass crook with a horn mouthpiece.

    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 64.2 cm (24 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1812

    Medium or Technique

    Pearwood, brass

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  • Bass recorder (after Renaissance type)

    1964
    Friedrich von Huene (American, born in 1929 American)

    Object Place: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Inscription

    Stamped: [maker's monogram] / F. VON HUENE / BOSTON / 200

    Provenance

    1964, sold by the maker to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 18, 1981)

    Credit Line

    William Lindsey Fund

    Copyright

    Reproduced with permission.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 95.3 cm (37 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    64.2375

    Medium or Technique

    Mahogany, brass

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  • Tenor recorder (after Renaissance type)

    1965
    Friedrich von Huene (American, born in 1929 American)

    Object Place: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Inscription

    Stamped: [maker's monogram] / FRIEDRICH VON HUENE / BOSTON / 610

    Provenance

    1965, sold by the maker to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 18, 1981)

    Credit Line

    William Lindsey Fund

    Copyright

    Reproduced with permission.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 74.6 cm (29 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    65.2682

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, brass

    Not On View

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  • Alto recorder (after Renaissance type)

    1968
    Friedrich von Huene (American, born in 1929 American)

    Object Place: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Inscription

    Stamped: [maker's mark] / 900

    Provenance

    1968, sold by the maker to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 18, 1981)

    Credit Line

    William Lindsey Fund

    Copyright

    Reproduced with permission.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 48.9 cm (19 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    68.843

    Medium or Technique

    Maple

    Not On View

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  • Alto recorder (after Johann Christoph Denner, early 18th century)

    1972
    Friedrich von Huene (American, born in 1929 American)

    Object Place: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Inscription

    Stamped: [maker's monogram] / FRIEDRICH VON HUENE / BOSTON / 690

    Provenance

    1972, sold by the maker to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 18, 1981)

    Credit Line

    William Lindsey Fund

    Copyright

    Reproduced with permission.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 48.5 cm (19 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1972.1173

    Medium or Technique

    Rosewood, ivory

    Not On View

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