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Transverse flute

This instrument is said to have belonged to Rowland Hill, who introduced the penny postage. It is a side-blown flute made of cocus wood in five sections (head, barrel, upper and middle joints, and foot), with silver ferrules and keywork. It has eight dome-shaped-cup keys (two broken), mounted with pivots in protruded wooden knobs that are lined with metal, and have flat springs attached to keys. It has a wooden cap with center hole and ivory pin. Oval embouchure hole. Nominal pitch: C.

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  • Decorative elements:Ferrules embossed with a band of five-petal flowers and leaves.
  • Inscriptions:Stamped on metal plate pinned to the proximal end of top body joint: J. Dollard (in cursive) Fecit / 15 Essex Quay|Stamped on oval metal plate pinned to barrel: [owl on tree stump] / G (or J) D (initials in gothic script) / NEC . TIMEO . NEC . STERNO (in banner)
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:421.121.12 Open side-blown flutes with fingerholes
  • Repository:Museum of Army Music
  • Measurements:Length: 692mm