Bass ophicleide

about 1840
A. G. Guichard (active 1827–after 1845)

Object Place: Paris, France


Length 114 cm (44 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)


Musical Instruments



Baritone in B-flat. Brass. Conoidal-cylindro-conoidal bore. Nine flat keys mounted on pillars; the first key (open) has a knurled head screw for clearance adjustment. Made in two principal parts: a crook thrice bent upon itself and held in place by a wing-nut, and the main tube; the crook is adjustable axially for tuning and for position. Cup-shaped mouthpiece. The keys give the following nominal tones: B, c-sharp, d, e-flat, e, f, g, a, and b-flat. Two hand-rests on the main tube for support of the instrument.


Engraved on bell: [trademark] / Guichard Breveté, / A PARIS; stamped on key shank nearest bell: 219


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