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Transverse flute in F

This instrument belonged to Bandmaster Thomas Hobbins, from the Royal Marines, around 1840. It is a side-blown flute made of stained boxwood in four sections (head, upper and middle joints, and foot), with one flat, square-cover silver key mounted on a raised ring, with flat spring attached to its touch. It has a wooden cap and an oval embouchure hole. The middle joint has old crack repairs made with twine. Nominal pitch: E-flat.

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  • Inscriptions:Stamped on head joint: [crown] / 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:National Museum of the Royal Navy
  • Measurements:Length: 505mm