Basset recorder in G (after 16th-century type)

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

Object Place: Hatfield Regis, England


Length 92.1 cm (36 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Walnut, brass

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



In G. The lowest tone is g. Made of walnut stained dark reddish-brown. Conoidal bore without flare at the lower end. The tube is made of one piece. The fipple is covered with a cap having a slit which serves as an air conductor. A perforated fontanelle. The cap and the fontanelle are mounted with brass rings. Six finger-holes in front; the lowest (first) holes is stopped with an articulated key having a double finger-touch lever; the key mechanism is enclosed within the fontanelle; 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