Alto flute in G (flauto di voce)

Wigley & McGregor (English, 1811–1825)

Object Place: London, England


Length 67.3 cm (26 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, ivory, silver-plated brass

On View

Musical Instruments Alcove (Gallery 103C)


Europe, Musical Instruments



In G. Conoidal bore. Boxwood, varnished yellow-brown. Ivory rings. Made in four parts: headjoint, upper and lower bodyjoint, and footjoint. Headjoint made from block of oval cross-section, with two parallel bores connected by a passage and covered by oval ivory plate with cork stopper. Ivory headcap with cork-adjustment screw. Upper bodyjoint has circular hole (15 mm. diameter), located 32 mm. above c-sharp” fingerhole (measured from centers of holes). Elliptical embouchure. Six fingerholes, bored obliquely, those for e’ and c-sharp” stopped by open-standing keys. Four additional round keys of silver- plated brass (d-sharp’, f’, g-sharp’, and b-flat’), mounted on blocks (d-sharp’ mounted on ring) with SATK.


Stamped on headjoint: [royal arms] / WIGLEY & MCGREGOR / PATENTEES / 151 STRAND / LONDON / 7; stamped on upper bodyjoint: [royal arms] / PATENTEES / WIGLEY / & / MCGREGOR / PATENTEES; stamped on lower bodyjoint: WIGLEY / & / MCGREGOR / PATENTEES; stamped on footjoint: [royal arms] / WIGLEY / & / MCGREGOR / PATENTEES / LONDON; engraved on cap: Benjn. Rotch Junr. / Castle Hall / June 1811


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