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Alto saxophone

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Alto in E-flat. Conoidal tube of brass with downward bent mouth-pipe and upturned bell; detachable mouthpiece. Eighteen tone-holes of various diameters covered by keys with chamois pads. Two independent octave keys.


Engraved on bell: Adolphe Sax & Cie. a Paris. 5828


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

about 1848

Object Place

Paris, France


Approximate length of air column 105 cm (41 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones