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Mouth organ (harmonica)

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Conical body of copper, painted dark green, with rectangular chamber soldered to side to receive removable reed cartridge. Cap of silver cap attached to wide end, perforated by two square holes. Reed cartridge comprised of seventeen square-section cells of brass, each containing free reed except...

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Stamped at end of body: J. A. BAZIN / B; engraved on face of body: PATENT / Sold by John Ashton / Boston


By 1995, sold at auction, New Castle, Maine, to Kaja Veilleux, New Castle, Maine; 1995, sold by Veilleux to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 24, 1995)

Credit Line

Gift of Allen B. Sly and William Lindsey Fund, by exchange

about 1830–40

Object Place

Canton, Massachusetts, United States


Length 9.4 cm, width 5.7 cm, thickness 3.1 cm (Length 3 11/16 in., width 2 1/4 in., thickness 1 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Copper, brass


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones