Oboe da caccia

early 18th century

Object Place: Probably Germany


Length 84.5 cm (33 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Walnut, leather, brass

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)


Musical Instruments



The lowest tone is f. Curved form. Two keys. Walnut, covered with leather. Made in two parts, a curved brass staple and a tube with a bell. The bulb, into which the staple is inserted, and the bell were both turned on a lathe. The central curved part of the tube, octagonal in shape for three-quarters of its length, has a curved bored carved out of two slabs of wood. The slabs were glued together and the whole instrument was then covered with leather. Six finger-holes in the front, of which the third and the fourth are double; two brass keys, C and e-flat, mounted on knobs; two vent-holes on the bell. The bell has a large flare, with a plain opening. Young type YY (C key); Young type H (e-flat key). SATK.


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