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Transverse flute in C

Side-blown flute made of boxwood in five sections (head, barrel, upper and middle joints, and foot), with ivory ferrules and silver keywork. It has six pewter-plug-cup keys (i.e. a nineteenth-century type of key in which the pad is a tapered plug of pewter or other soft metal riveted loosely to the key end, and the tonehole is lined with a similarly tapered metal bushing or sleeve that supposedly ensured an airtight seal), mounted in blocks and foot stock bulge lined with brass, with flat brass springs attached to keys. The low C and C-sharp keys have overlapping touches. The embouchure hole is circular. Nominal pitch: C.

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  • Inscriptions:Stamped on barrel: [crown and leaves] / GOULDING & D'ALMAINE / SOHO SQUARE / LONDON|Stamped on body and foot joints: [crown] / GOULDING & Co
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:421.121.12 Open side-blown flutes with fingerholes
  • Repository:Cyfarthfa Castle Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 650mm