before 1787
William Milhouse (English, 1761–after 1835)

Object Place: Newark, England


Length 123 cm (48 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, brass

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



Contrabass in C. The lowest tone is BB-flat. Five keys. Maple, stained dark brown; brass tips. Made in five parts: brass crook, wing (or tenor) joint, butt, long joint, and a bell. The bore is conoidal up to the bell; the bore of the bell is an inverted conoid narrowing toward the orifice. Six finger-holes in the front; two thumb-holes in the rear. Five brass keys: BB-flat, D, E-flat in the rear, F and F-sharp in the front; the F- key has a double touch-piece; all the keys are mounted on saddles. 3 round and 2 spatula brass keys, SATK and SATW.


Stamped on buttjoint: MILHOUSE / NEWARK


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