Alto shawm (after 17th-century type)

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

Object Place: Hatfield Regis, England


Length 91.6 cm (36 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, brass

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



In F. Conoidal bore. Boxwood, stained dark brown; the fontanelle is of pine. Made in four part: pirouette, long body-joint, bell- joint, and the fontanelle. Six finger-holes on the body-joint; one key, stopping the hole located on the bell joint, the mechanism of which is protected by the fontanelle and a lever with two touch-pieces projecting outside. Two vent-holes on the bell-joint.


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