Caleb Gedney (English, active 1754–1769)

Object Place: London, England


Length 67.9 cm (26 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, ivory, silver

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)


Europe, Musical Instruments



In C. Conoidal bore. Boxwood, varnished dark brown. Ivory rings and headcap with cork-adjustment screw. Made in four parts: headjoint, upper and lower bodyjoints, and footjoint. Three interchangeable upper bodyjoints. Elliptical embouchure. Six finger holes. Six square keys (Young type F: c’, c-sharp’, and d-sharp’; Young type A: f’, g-sharp’, and b-flat’) of silver, mounted on blocks (c’ and c-sharp’ mounted on ring and blocks; d-sharp’ mounted on ring) with SATK. Mahogany case with green cloth lining and wood- handled swab with sponge heads. Sounding lengths: with section #3 = 578.5 mm; #4 = 599 mm; #5 = 609 mm


Stamped on footjoint: CALEB / GEDNEY / 1769; stamped on headjoint and lower bodyjoint: CALEB / GEDNEY; alternate upper bodyjoints stamped: 3 / [sharp]; 4 / [X: natural]; 5 / [b: flat]; stamped on underside of keys: I H [John Hale]


Before 1983, sold by Max Champion, England, to Harry Moscowitz, New York; by 1983, sold by Moscowitz to David Shorey, Bowdoinham, Maine; 1983, sold by Shorey to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 14, 1983)

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund