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Transverse flute

Side-blown flute made of cocus wood 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 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 head is lined with brass (metal tuning slide with barrel), and has a nickel-silver lip plate in sleeve form. The cap/screw is made entirely of wood and has a cork stopper. The fingerholes are bushed with nickel-silver and the embouchure hole is oval. The tenon joints are wrapped with thread. Nominal pitch: C.

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  • Decorative elements:The ferrules have rolled stamp/engraved lines in wavy pattern.
  • Inscriptions:Stamped on barrel: BLACKMAN / PATENT / IMPROVED (CURVED) / LONDON|Stamped on body: BLACKMAN / PATENT / IMPROVED / BLACKFRIARS RD. / LONDON|Stamped on middle joint: BLACKMAN / LONDON
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:421.121.12 Open side-blown flutes with fingerholes
  • Repository:Museum of Army Music
  • Measurements:Length: 655mm