Tenor trombone (buccin)

about 1830
Jean Baptiste Tabard (1779–1845)

Object Place: Lyon, France


Length 110 cm (43 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)


Musical Instruments



Tenor trombone in B-flat (high pitch). Brass. Dual bore type. No tuning slide. The instrument is constructed like an ordinary slide trombone, but the bell branch is conoidal for a greater length and bent in a semi-circle. Instead of a regular bell there is a head of a dragon with wide- open jaws: the jaws, the forked tongue, and the mouth cavity were orginally painted bright red; the head was a bright olive-green, much gilded. Silverplated cup mouthpiece. German silver stockings on the inner slides.


Stamped on bell: TABARD / A LYON


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