Tenor shawm (after 17th-century type)

late 19th century
Probably by Francis William Galpin (English, 1858–1945)

Object Place: Hatfield Regis, England


Length without bocal 109.7 cm (43 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Walnut, brass

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



In C. Conoidal bore. Walnut, stained dark brown. Made in six parts: pirouette, staple, long body-joint, fontanelle-joint, bell-joint, and the fontanelle. Six finger-holes on the body-joint; one key, stopping the hole located on the bell-joint, the mechanism of which is protected by the fontanelle and a lever with two touch-pieces projecting outside. Two vent- holes on the bell-joint.


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