Bass curtal (after early 17th-century type)

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

Object Place: Hatfield Regis, England


Length 66.2 cm (26 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, brass

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



Bass in G. The lowest tone is G. Two keys. Boxwood, stained blackish-brown. Made in three parts: a brass crook with a circular brass shoe, the body fo oval cross-section with a double bore, and a short bell; bound with brass ferrules. Six finger-holes in the front; two thumb-holes in the rear. Two open brass keys: one in the front, F (actually gives c) with two touch pieces, another one in the rear, D (actually gives A); both keys have their mechanisms protected by perforated brass boxes. … The original instrument, of which this one is a simpflied copy, is preserved in the Germanic Museum in Nuremberg.


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