Pair of timpani and two mallets

19th century

Object Place: England


Heights 37 cm and 38 cm, diameters 61 cm and 67.5 cm (Heights 14 9/16 in. and 14 15/16 in., diameters 24 in. and 26 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Musical Instruments



The bodies of both drums are made of brass hemispherical shells covered with vellum drum heads. The smaller drum has five tuning screws; the larger one, six. Pair of drumsticks with whalebone handles; the wooden heads are covered with a thin layer of sponge.


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