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Piccolo in E-flat

This instrument was used by a member of the ship's band on board of HMS Warspite (c.1916). It is a side-blown piccolo flute made of rosewood, in three sections (head, barrel, and body joint), with silver-plated ferrules and keywork. It has six modern-style-cup keys mounted in posts with rods, with flat springs attached to keys. The head joint is lined with silver and has a wooden cap. The embouchure hole is oval and the fifth fingerhole is larger. Nominal pitch: D-flat.

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  • Inscriptions:Stamped on body joint: SUPERIOR / CLASS / HAWKES & SON / DENMAN STREET / PICCADILLY CIRCUS / LONDON
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:421.121.12 Open side-blown flutes with fingerholes
  • Repository:National Museum of the Royal Navy
  • Measurements:Length: 300mm