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Fife in B-flat

This is a side-blown flute with conical bore, commonly called fife in the military jargon, made of rosewood in two sections (head and body) and nickel-silver ferrules and keywork. The head joint was painted in black (and there is a possibility that it is not original to this body). It has four modern-style-cup keys, mounted in posts with rods, with flat springs attached to keys. It has an oval embouchure hole, and larger second, third, fourth and fifth fingerholes. Nominal pitch: B-flat.

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  • Inscriptions:Stamped on head: BOOSEY & HAWKES / LONDON|Stamped on head: [broad arrow] / M / 19
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:421.121.12 Open side-blown flutes with fingerholes
  • Repository:National Museum of the Royal Navy
  • Measurements:Length: 390mm