Bass courtaut (after Mersenne, 1636)

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

Object Place: Hatfield Regis, England


Length 61.5 cm (24 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, brass

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



Cylindrical body of maple, stained dark brown. Two flaring caps bound with brass ferrules. Brass staple for the double reed. The U-shaped air column is formed by two long bores joined at the bottom by a cross-bore, the extra holes plugged by wooden plugs. Six finger-holes in the front, very small in diameter (2 mm.); six large holes (5 mm. bore) bored in the funnel- shaped protruding plugs (three of them dummies) and the rear tube; two thumb- holes and a vent-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