Duct whistle

Unknown people
19th century

Object Place: United States or Canada, Northwest Coast region


Length 38 cm, width 7.4 cm, thickness 4.3 cm (Length 14 15/16 in., width 2 15/16 in., thickness 1 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Red cedar (?)

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Bottle-shaped body (of oval cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with strips of cedar bark near each end and just below window. Distal end closed except for small hole at center (diameter 11 mm). Rectangular window with concave lower edge. 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