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Transverse flute

Side-blown flute made of rosewood in five sections (head, barrel, upper and middle joints, and foot), with nickel-silver ferrules and keywork. It has eight keys in total, mounted in blocks, of which six have saltspoon-cups and two (low C and C-sharp) have 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), all with flat brass springs attached to keys and cork paddings. The low C and C-sharp keys have overlapping touches. The head is lined with metal (metal tenon) and has a wooden cap with threaded wood stopper screw, and cork stopper. The embouchure hole is circular, and the second, fourth and fifth fingerholes are larger. The tenons are wrapped in thread. Nominal pitch: C.

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    Museum of Army Music
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    England (?)
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  • Inscriptions:Stamped on reverse of C key: A L
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  • Repository:Museum of Army Music
  • Measurements:Length: 669mm