Alto flute in F

about 1810
William Bainbridge (English, active 1803–1834)

Object Place: London, England


Length 91.1 cm (35 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, ivory, silver-plated bronze

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



In F. Conoidal bore. Boxwood, stained gray-brown. Ivory rings and headcap with cork-adjustment screw. Made in four parts: headjoint, upper and lower bodyjoints, and footjoint. Elliptical embouchure with ivory bushing. Six fingerholes. Six domed keys of silver-plated bronze (d-sharp’, f’, g-sharp’, b-flat’, c”, and octave key) mounted on blocks with SATK.


Stamped on headjoint: G / FLUTE; stamped on upper bodyjoint: [crown] / WILLM / BAINBRIDGE / FECIT / 34 WINDMILL ST / FINSBURY SQE. / LONDON; stamped on lower bodyjoint and footjoint: [crown] / WILLM / BAINBRIDGE / FECIT


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