Duct flute

about 1840
Thomas Prowse, Jr. (English, active 1832–1868)

Object Place: London, England


Length 47.5 cm (18 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, ivory, brass

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



A vertical flute in A-flat. Lowest tone is a’. Conoidal bore. Boxwood, varnished yellow-brown; ivory mouthpiece and conoidal finger-guides. Made in three parts: a cap with mouthpiece, head joint with a fipple, flue, and lip, and body-joint. Seven finger-holes in the front, thumb-hole in the rear. Four round brass keys: D-shapr, F-natural, G-sharp, and B-flat.


Stamped on body: T. Prowse. / Hanway Street / London


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