Duct whistle

Unknown people
19th century

Object Place: United States or Canada, Northwest Coast region


Length 32.2 cm, width 4.6 cm, thickness 4 cm (Length 12 11/16 in., width 1 13/16 in., thickness 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Red cedar (?), spruce root

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Cylindrical body (of oval cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with strips of split spruce root near each end. Distal end closed. Seams sealed with pitch. Painted decoration comprised of red and black geometric (?) designs. U-shaped window and oval embouchure hole. Sounds pitch of f’.


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