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Rustic reed pipe. Conical tube formed of willow bark twisted when green and fastened together with white thorn prickers. A double reed of soft willow bark.


Before 1900, used in England by villagers during the Whit-Monday hunt, Oxfordshire; by 1916, acquired by Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by 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

19th century

Object Place



Length 37.5 cm, bell diameter 5.3 cm (Length 14 3/4 in., bell diameter 2 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Willow bark


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones