Bass oboe

about 1760

Object Place: England


Length 100.8 cm (39 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, brass

Not On View


Musical Instruments



In C. The lowest tone is c. Four keys. Maple, stained black- brown. Made in four parts: a brass crook, left-hand body-joint, right-hand body-joint (with three keys), a bell with moderate flare and plain opening. Six finger-holes in the front; three brass keys, c, c-sharp, d-sharp, the levers of the of the c and c-sharp keys being interlocked so that the c-key is automatically closed when the c-sharp key is pressed down; the fourth key is the speaker-key; two vent-holes on the bell. All keys are mounted on brass saddles. SATW, Young key type S; also, spatula design.


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