Bass recorder in C (after 16th-century type)

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

Object Place: Hatfield Regis, England


Length without bocal 133.1 cm (52 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Walnut, brass

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



In C. The lowest tone is c. Made of walnut, stained dark reddish brown. The tube is made in two parts, the body and the foot-joint; the cap serves as a receptacle for the S-shaped crook. The perforated fontanelle is on the foot-joint. The cap and fontanelle are mounted with brass rings. Six finger-holes in the front: the lowest (first) hole is stopped with an articulated key having a double finger-touch lever; the key mechanism is enclosed within the fontanelle; an S-shaped crook of brass; thumb-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