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On nameboard: MADE BY / A. Babcock, / for G. D. Mackay, / Boston.; stamped on the d1 key lever, stamped or written in pencil on various other parts: 120; in pencil on treble key frame: 15; in ink on side of c1 key lever: [Endicot (crossed out)] School, / [illegible, possibly Latin]


Before 1971, apparently owned by an area school, possibly the Boston Latin School [evidenced by an inscription on the c1 key lever]. By 1971, sold by source unidentified to Edmund Baylies, Southport, Connecticut; 1971, gift of Baylies to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 27, 1985)

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Gift of Edmund Baylies

probably 1826

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Length 168 cm, width 65.5 cm, case height 24.2 cm, height 85.5 cm (Length 66 1/8 in., width 25 13/16 in., case height 9 1/2 in., height 33 11/16 in.)

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Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones