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Quadruple duct whistle

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Rectangular body (of square cross-section) constructed of five pieces of red cedar (?), bound with twine near each end. Edges serrated. Rectangular window in each face and four rectangular embouchure holes in circular-shaped proximal end. Sounds pitches of a', c-sharp'', a'', and...

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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)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

Unknown people, 19th century

Object Place

Northwest Coast region, United States or Canada


Length 21.9 cm, width 4.5 cm, thickness 4.5 cm (Length 8 5/8 in., width 1 3/4 in., thickness 1 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Red cedar, twine


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones