Boosey & Co. (English, active 1874–1930)

Object Place: London, England


Length 127.4 cm (50 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Rosewood, nickel silver

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



Contrabass in C. The lowest tone is BB-flat. Seventeen keys. Rosewood, stained dark brown; German silver keys and tips. Made in five parts: crook, wing (or tenor) joint, butt, long joint, and a bell. Conoidal bore, except the bell-joint which becomes very slightly narrower toward the orifice (about 75 percent of its length), then gradually flares out. Six finger-holes in the front; one thumb-hole in the rear. The key mechanism is of a modern type mounted on pillars. Bb-flat, C, and D keys are interlocked. The B-natural key is located on the long joint and is not interlocked with the C-key. The vent-hole key on the crook is interlocked with the three highest keys. Cupped keys, SATK.


Stamped on bell, wingjoint and buttjoint: 2 0x / 1 ; stamped on bassjoint: 2 Ox / 1 / [BOOSEY &] Co/ 29[0?] RE[G]ENT STREET / LONDON / [62]63


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