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Bass curtal (after early 17th-century type)

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Bass in G. The lowest tone is G. Two keys. Boxwood, stained blackish-brown. Made in three parts: a brass crook with a circular brass shoe, the body fo oval cross-section with a double bore, and a short bell; bound with brass ferrules. Six finger-holes in the front; two thumb-holes in the rear....

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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


Reproduced with permission.

late 19th century

Object Place

Hatfield Regis, England


Length 66.2 cm (26 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, brass


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones