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In C. Conoidal bore. Boxwood, varnished light yellow-brown. Ivory rings and headcap with graduated cork-adjustment screw. Made in five parts: headjoint, barrel, upper and lower bodyjoints, and footjoint. Tin-plated brass liner in headjoint and barrel. Circular embouchure. Six fingerholes. Six...

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Stamped on headjoint: ASTOR / & / HORWOOD / 79 / CORNHILL / LONDON / [unicorn's head] / PATENT; stamped on lower ring of headjoint: PATENT; stamped on barrel and footjoint: ASTOR / & / HORWOOD / [unicorn head]; stamped on upper and lower bodyjoints: ASTOR / & / HORWOOD / [unicorn head]; stamped on underside of c', c-sharp' and d-sharp' keys: G


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 1815–19

Object Place

London, England


Length 64.2 cm (25 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, ivory, silver


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones