Mouth organ (harmonica)

about 1830–40
James Amireaux Bazin (American, 1798–1883)

Object Place: Canton, Massachusetts, United States


Length 9.4 cm, width 5.7 cm, thickness 3.1 cm (Length 3 11/16 in., width 2 1/4 in., thickness 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Copper, brass

Not On View


Americas, Musical Instruments



Conical body of copper, painted dark green, with rectangular chamber soldered to side to receive removable reed cartridge. Cap of silver cap attached to wide end, perforated by two square holes. Reed cartridge comprised of seventeen square-section cells of brass, each containing free reed except end cells, which are dummies. Compass of b to b2 (fifteen notes in diatonic scale). Pitch of A=433-438 cps. Missing sliding mouthpiece.


Stamped at end of body: J. A. BAZIN / B; engraved on face of body: PATENT / Sold by John Ashton / Boston


By 1995, sold at auction, New Castle, Maine, to Kaja Veilleux, New Castle, Maine; 1995, sold by Veilleux to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 24, 1995)

Credit Line

Gift of Allen B. Sly and William Lindsey Fund, by exchange