Bass tabor pipe (after Praetorius, 1619)

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

Object Place: Hatfield Regis, England


Length without bocal 64.2 cm (24 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pearwood, brass

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



In C. The lowest tone is d” (the second partial tone of the natural scale; the pedal tone is not available). Slightly tapered conoidal bore. Pearwood, unvarnished. Made in two parts; the body and the cap. Two holes in front and thumb-hole in the rear. The bell has slightly flaring bore at the end. A brass crook with a horn mouthpiece.


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