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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 eight 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), mounted with pins in protruded wooden knobs, with flat springs attached to keys. The low C, C-sharp and D-sharp keys have overlapping touches. The head is lined with brass, having a brass tuning slide into the barrel (tenon/socket joint). The cap is missing. The embouchure hole is large and circular, and the second and fifth fingerholes are larger. The tenons are wrapped in thread. Nominal pitch: C.

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  • Inscriptions:Stamped on body: RUDALL & ROSE / Nº15 PIAZZA / COVENT GARDEN / LONDON / 680|Stamped on barrel: RUDALL & ROSE / LONDON|Stamped on middle and foot joints: RUDALL & ROSE / LONDON
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:421.121.12 Open side-blown flutes with fingerholes
  • Repository:Museum of Army Music
  • Measurements:Length: 641mm