Alto rackett (after early 17th-century type)

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

Object Place: Hatfield Regis, England


Length 20.9 cm (8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



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.


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