Mute cornett

possibly 17th century

Object Place: Norfolk, England


Length 45.4 cm (17 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Antelope horn

Not On View


Musical Instruments



In C. Made of an antelope’s horn with an integral conoidal mouthpiece bored in the solid part of the tip of the horn. Six finger-holes in the front with countersunk edges provide cup-shaped orifices for the finger tips and insure adequate stopping. No trimmings nor embellishments of any kind.


By 1890, found in a village, Norfolk, England, where it was known as the "Harvest Horn," and had existed for generation [according to the Royal Military Exhibition, 1890]; by 1916, acquired by Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by 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