This wooden concert flute, was made by Goulding & Co., London, a renowned company of instruments makers in the 18th Century. There are four joints: the head, the upper centre and the lower centre are connected together and decorated with ivory mounts, while the single key, possibly made of brass, connects the lower centre with the foot. In the 18th century, when the four joints flute first appeared, the four piece construction consented the provision of several interchangeable upper centre joints, which allowed the flute to be played at different pitches.The six finger holes are split between the two centre joints. This concert flute once belonged to Robert Anderson, the "Cumberland Bard", who became well known in the late 18th Century, for his songs and ballads , most of them composed to be sung to familar airs in a broad dialect. In his ballads Robert Anderson depicted the people of Carlisle in a friendly and humorous way, describing various aspects of their daily life with great fidelity.
Goulding & Co [Corporation]
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London (Timezone: Europe/London)