early 19th century

Object Place: England


Length 23 cm (9 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Rosewood, ivory, silver

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Bessaroboff - In C. The lowest tone is c”’-sharp. Conoidal bore. Rosewood, stained dark mahogany-brown; ivory tips and mouthpiece. Made in three parts: a cap with mouthpiece, head joint with a fipple, flute, and, lip, and body- joint (with an inner mouthpiece). Seven finger-holes in front; the eighth, a thumb-hole, is stopped by a small cup-shaped silver key. The F-sharp hole (third from the bottom) is enlarge, the seventh hole is reduced in diameter by the ivory plug. Small silver pins between the holes serve as finger-guides.


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