Double flageolet

about 1830
William Bainbridge (English, active 1803–1834)

Object Place: London, England


Length 49.8 cm (19 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, ivory, brass

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



In . Conoidal bore. Boxwood with ivory tips and mouthpiece. Made in four principal parts; the cap, which serves as an air-chamber for both tubes; the lip-stock with a double bore; the tubes of equal length. The lip-stock has two lips cut in it; the lip for the right-hand tube can be silenced by a cut- off shutter operated by a key (there is no shutter for the left-hand tube). The left-hand tube has six finger-holes, of which the first one from the top is partially plugged; four brass keys nominally called D-sharp (?), F-natural, and high D. The right-hand tube has four finger-holes; four brass keys, nominally called D-sharp (?), F-natural, B, and speaker (?). The lip-stock has a key for the left-hand tube marked ‘C-Key’.


By 1956, purchased in an antiquarian ship in Chelsea, England, by Peggy Stuart Coolidge (1913-1981), New York; 1981, by inheritance to her husband, Joseph R. Coolidge (1916-1999), New York; 1981, gift of Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1981)

Credit Line

Gift of Joseph R. Coolidge in memory of his wife, Peggy Stuart Coolidge