Alto recorder

early 18th century

Object Place: Probably Germany


Length 43.5 cm (17 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)


Musical Instruments



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.


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