Alto bassoon

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

Object Place: London, England


Length 54.2 cm (21 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, brass

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



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


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


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