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Transverse flute in C

Side-blown, rosewood flute made in five sections (head, barrel, upper and middle joints, and foot joint), with wooden cap and nickel-silver ferrules. Seven nickel-silver keys mounted in blocks (one key missing). The keys have saltspoon-cups, with the exception of the low C and C-sharp keys, which are pewter-plug. The latter keys also have overlapping touches. Flat springs attached to keys. The embouchure has a nickel-silver lip-plate in sleeve form. Oval embouchure hole and larger 2nd, 4th and 5th fingerholes. Fingerhole bushings are missing (probably of nickel-silver). Nominal pitch: C. This instrument is part of the Albert C. Spencer collection.

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  • Inscriptions:Stamped on upper joint: WALLIS / 6 UNION ST BOR'O / LONDON|Stamped on middle joint and foot: WALLIS / LONDON
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:421.121.12 Open side-blown flutes with fingerholes
  • Repository:Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton
  • Measurements:Length: 665mm