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Round stick of oak. Ivory frog and button; screw and nut adjustment. At the frog end the stick is octagonal for approximately 12 cm. The frog has a rounded outside corner and a semicircular cutout for the middle finger. Rather large and clumsy head, with ivory plate partly covering the face...

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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)

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Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

about 1800

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Length 69.5 cm, weight 75 g (Length 27 3/8 in., weight 0.2 lbs.)

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