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Bass tuba in B-flat (helicon form)

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Body of nickel silver in circular ("helicon") form. Three rotary valves of type with oval windways designed about 1850 by Joseph Lathrop Allen (Boston.) Mouthpiece missing.

Inscription

Engraved on bell: Made for the / ALLEGHANIANS, / by / Hall & Quinby, / Boston

Provenance

1996, sold by Robert E. Sheldon, Washington, DC, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 26, 1996)

Credit Line

Foster Charitable Fund

1871–76

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Length 88 cm (34 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

1996.113

Medium or Technique

Nickel silver

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Aerophones