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In C. Varnished ebony. Ivory rings. Made in three parts: upper and lower bodyjoints and bell. Two interchangeable upper bodyjoints. Six fingerholes, the third doubled. Two square keys (Young type AF) of ivory (c' and e-flat'), mounted on rings with SATW. Two vent holes in bell. Bell...

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Stamped on upper bodyjoint 1: [8-point star] / FORNARI / 1; stamped on upper bodyjoint 2: [8-point star] / FORNARI / 2; stamped on lower bodyjoint: [8-point star] / FORNARI / {8-point star] / A VENEZIA; stamped on bell: [8-point star] / FORNARI / 1815 / [8-point star].


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


Object Place

Venice, Italy


Length 56.7 cm (22 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ebony, ivory


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones