Tenor bassoon (tenoroon)

about 1755–1798
John Blockley (English, 1735–1798)

Object Place: Ullesthorpe, England


Length 83.2 cm (32 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, brass

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



Bass in F. The lowest tone is E-flat. Four keys. Boxwood, stained blackish-brown; brass tips. Made in five parts: brass crook, wing (or tenor) joint, butt, long joint, and a bell. The bore is conoidal up to the bell; the bore of the bell is an inverted conoid narrowing toward the orifice. Six finger-holes in the front; two thumb-holes in the rear. Four brass keys (Young type U and spatula) mounted on saddles: B-flat, d, f, and g-sharp, SATW.


Stamped on bell, bassjoint and wingjoint: [Irish harp] / BLOCKLEY ; stamped on buttjoint: BLOCKLEY / [Irish harp]


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