about 1780
Pietro Grassi Florio (Italian (active in England), about 1730–1795)

Object Place: London, England


Length 66.9 cm (26 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, ivory, silver

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



In C. Conoidal bore. Boxwood, varnished light yellow-brown. Bore of headjoint, lower bodyjoint and footjoint lined with blackwood (later?). Ivory rings, headcap with graduated cork-adjustment screw, and embouchure bushing. Made in four parts: headjoint, upper and lower bodyjoints, and footjoint. Elliptical embouchure. Six finger holes. Six square keys (Young type F) of silver (c’, c-sharp’, d-sharp’, f, g-sharp’, and b-flat’), mounted on blocks (c’ and c-sharp’ mounted on ring and blocks; d-sharp’ mounted on ring with SATK.


Stamped on headjoint and lower bodyjoint: FLORIO; stamped on upper bodyjoint: FLORIO / 6; stamped on footjoint: FLORIO / LONDON; hallmarked on underside of c' key: I H [John Hale]


1989, gift of David Shorey, Bowdoinham, Maine, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 27, 1989)

Credit Line

Gift of David and Nina Shorey