Quadruple duct whistle

Unknown people
19th century

Object Place: United States or Canada, Northwest Coast region


Length 21.9 cm, width 4.5 cm, thickness 4.5 cm (Length 8 5/8 in., width 1 3/4 in., thickness 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Red cedar, twine

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Rectangular body (of square cross-section) constructed of five pieces of red cedar (?), bound with twine near each end. Edges serrated. Rectangular window in each face and four rectangular embouchure holes in circular-shaped proximal end. Sounds pitches of a’, c-sharp”, a”, and c-sharp”’.


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