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Pitch pipe

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Outer sleeve of brass with free reed; one side marked with graduations for notes D, F, A, and C, plus intermediate hash marks for five other notes. Sliding inner sleeve of brass with arm to stop free reed at various points, thus altering pitch. Includes original black paperboard case.


Stamped on inner sleeve: JAMES A. BAZIN / CANTON - MS


2002, sold by Harold Priest, Kennebunk, Maine, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 26, 2002)

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund, by exchange

about 1820–30

Object Place

Canton, Massachusetts, United States


Length 6 cm, width 1 cm, depth 0.8 cm (Length 2 3/8 in., width 3/8 in., depth 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones