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Transverse flute

Side-blown flute made of rosewood in five sections (missing head and barrel, upper and middle joints, and foot), with silver ferrules and keywork. It has eight keys in total, mounted in protruded knobs with pivots, 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. The low C touch is hooked into the C-sharp touch. The tenons are wrapped in thread.

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  • Inscriptions:Stamped on upper joint: [quatrefoil] / RUDALL & ROSE (curved) / Nº1 TAVISTOCK STREET / COVENT GARDEN / LONDON (curved) / [quatrefoil] / 4028|Stamped on middle joint and foot: [quatrefoil] / RUDALL & ROSE / LONDON (curved) / [quatrefoil]
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:421.121.12 Open side-blown flutes with fingerholes
  • Repository:Museum of Army Music
  • Measurements:Length (with tenon): 445mm