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Bass shawm (after 17th-century type)

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In C. Conoidal bore. Walnut, stained dark brown. Made in five parts: crook, long body-joint, fontanelle-joint, bell-joint, and the fontanelle. Six finger-holes in the front. Four keys, two located in the front and operated by the little finger and two in the rear. The key mechanism is...

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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 without bocal 184.5 cm (72 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Walnut, brass


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones