Bass flute in C

Wigley & McGregor (English, 1811–1825)

Object Place: London, England


Length 87.2 cm (34 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, ivory, brass

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



In C. Conoidal bore. Boxwood, stained dark yellow-brown. Ivory rings. Made in six parts: headjoint of three pieces (two straight sections joined by U-shaped brass tube), upper and lower bodyjoints, and footjoint. Elliptical embouchure. Six fingerholes, those for e’, g’, a’ and c-sharp” stopped by open-standing keys and bushed with brass. Four additional round keys (d-sharp’, f’, g-sharp’, and b-flat’) of brass, mounted on blocks (d-sharp’ mounted on ring) with SATK.


Stamped on barrel: [royal arms] / WIGLEY & MCGREGOR / PATENTEES / 101 STRAND / LONDON / 5; stamped on upper and lower bodyjoints: WIGLEY & MCGREGOR / PATENTEES / 5; stamped on footjoint: [royal arms] / WIGLEY & MCGREGOR / PATENTEES / LONDON / 5


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