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Transverse flute

Side-blown flute made of boxwood in five sections (head, barrel, upper and middle joints, and foot), with ivory ferrules and silver keywork. It has six keys in total, mounted in blocks, of which four 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. The low C and C-sharp keys have overlapping touches. The head is slightly waisted, and is lined with metal (metal joint with barrel is metal - graduated tuning slide), and although the cap is missing, it has an ivory threaded stopper screw, and cork stopper. The embouchure hole is circular, and the second, fourth and fifth fingerholes are larger. Nominal pitch: C.

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  • Inscriptions:Stamped on all joints, except middle: MONRO & MAY / LONDON
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:421.121.12 Open side-blown flutes with fingerholes
  • Repository:Museum of Army Music
  • Measurements:Length: 660mm