Duct whistle (after 19th-century Northwest Coast Indian type)

about 1900

Object Place: Washington, DC, United States


Length 33.5 cm, width 6.7 cm, thickness 6.2 cm (Length 13 3/16 in., width 2 5/8 in., thickness 2 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Red cedar, twine

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Bottle-shaped body (of semi-circular cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with twine near each end and at center. Distal end closed. Seams smeared with pitch. Three equally-spaced fingerholes in distal half. Rectangular window and oval embouchure hole. Sounds pitches of e’ (with all finger holes open) and a (with all finger holes closed).


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