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Transverse flute

This flute is based on one of seven designs patented by Cornelius Ward in 1842. It is a side-blown, conical flute made of cocus wood in three sections (head, barrel and body), with silver ferrules and keywork. It has fifteen shallow-chased-cup, open keys (six are ring keys), mounted in posts with long rods, with flat and needle springs attached to keys and posts. The head is lined with metal (metal graduated tuning slide with barrel) and has an adjustable stopper mechanism, that Ward designated of "terminator and indicator." This stopper mechanism has a dial whose numbers correspond to the gradations on the tuning-slide. The embouchure hole has a rounded-rectangle shape. Nominal pitch: C.

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  • Inscriptions:Stamped on body: CORNELIUS WARD / INVENTOR / & / PATENTEE / 36 / GT TITCHFIELD ST / LONDON / 116|Stamped on body: CORNELIUS WARD / FECIT|Stamped on head: CORNELIUS WARD / PATENTEE|Stamped on barrel: CORNELIUS WARD / LONDON|Stamped next to dial mechanism: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 " 6 5 4 3 2 1 (clockwise)
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:421.121.12 Open side-blown flutes with fingerholes
  • Repository:Museum of Army Music
  • Measurements:Length: 654mm