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American Flutes
1. AMERICAN, c.1850, A cocuswood flute in the key of D, with one flat round key and nickel rings at the joints. The sounding length is 525mm. There is a long headjoint crack opposite the embouchure hole, as well as a hairline crack in the third joint. It is missing the ring at the bottom of the foot joint. Needs new joint wraps and keypad., (Our #24672), $250.
2. AMERICAN, c.1830, A rare side blown flute in F, probably made by Firth, Hall & Pond, of boxwood with one round key, and integrally turned rings in the boxwood. Requires restoration and the key and its touch are missing. Overall length is 500mm., (Our #23454), $300.
3. AMERICAN, c.1840, A boxwood flute originally made with one nickel saltspoon key and bone rings at the joints. Two of the bone rings have been replaced with pewter rings. Very pretty turning work. There are four small cracks at the base of the head joint (with old glue filler), and one crack at the top of the third joint with old glue filler. Sounding length is 531mm., (Our #24680), $325.
4. AMERICAN OR GERMAN, c.1830, An unmarked flute of stained fruitwood with bone rings and a single brass saltspoon key. There are two fine cracks in the head joint, and two of the original bone rings are gone - one replaced with an ill fitting non-original ring. The sounding length is 522mm., (Our #24669), $225.
5. AMERICAN, PROBABLY, c.1850, A keyless maple Walking Stick Flute with a turned maple end cap. It is missing the ferrule at the top, which was probably silver and likely became a child’s plaything or a napkin rings or some such. The body has decorative ring turnings in the stick below the flute body. Overall length is 886mm, and the sounding length is 354mm., (Our #24681), $2,500.
6. C. G. CHRISTMAN, 1837-51, A boxwood flute with four nickel saltspoon shaped keys on block mounts. The head joint and barrel are lined, with a tuning slide. The flue is marked: (unicorn device)/ C.G. CHRISTMAN/404 PEARL ST/NEW YORK; and the barrel is stamped "Patent". The metal slide liner is a bit loose in the head, and the joints need new string wraps. In terms of cracks: there is one fine 3mm crack in barrel joint from the bottom edge just below the Christman mark, and one fine 3-1/2" crack in head joint starting at the cap end on the player’s side (not through the embouchure). The sounding length is 526mm., (Our #22899), $900.
7. CHABRIER PELOUBET, c.1836-60, A boxwood flute with double turned rings, and four German silver keys with round covers on block mounts. It is marked: C. PELOUBET/ NEW YORK/FACTORY/BLOOMFIELD/N.J.; the head joint is also stamped GER. SILVER. We have not found any cracks, but it is missing the end cap and needs new corks and pads. Sounding length is 528 mm and seems to be pitched about A, (Our #23841), $750.
8. FIRTH, HALL & POND, c.1835, A boxwood flute with nice original rings and eight silver salt-spoon keys (one touch is missing) with C & C# keys. It is marked FIRTH HALL & POND/FRANKLIN SQ./N-YORK/1217 There is a crack through the head opposite the embouchure. The barrel is cracked with old glue in the crack and there is a ½" area of wood loss at the end of the tenon. The end-cap is missing and two rings are damaged. Total length is 658mm, and sounding length is 590mm., (Our #26462), $500.
9. GEIB, J., A. & W., c.1820, An attractive boxwood flute with one brass key with a flat square cover. The flute is marked: GEIB/23/MAIDEN LANE/NEW YORK (the NEW YORK stamped upside down). Twin brothers John and Adam and their brother William were the sons of organ builder John Geib). The flute is missing the end cap, but has no cracks we’ve been able to find, and it will need new string wraps and pad. Sounding length is 526mm., (Our #24096), $850.
10. GEIB, JOHN, 1818-1829, A stained boxwood flute with six nickel saltspoon keys (one is missing the touch) and very nice rings. The period head joint is not original but is by Firth, Pond & Co., NY and fits well though it is missing the end cap. The flute is marked: GEIB/203 Maiden Lane/ New York; head joint is stamped: FIRTH POND & Co/N York/ Sages / 200 Main St/ Buffalo. Sounding length is 529mm., (Our #24664), $600.
11. JOHN D. DOUGLASS, c.1835-39, A boxwood flute with four square brass keys (one is missing). The flute is marked: on all the joints: J. D. DOUGLASS/ UTICA. There are two minor tenon cracks and it is missing two rings. The sounding length is 534mm, and the overall length is 607mm., (Our #24666), $850.
12. JOHN GEIB, c.1815, A boxwood flute with one brass key-which may be a very old replacement for the original. Marked on all the joints: stamp: Geib/ 23 Maiden Lane/New York. There no cracks that we’ve found and the rings are nice and original. The sounding length is 520mm, and it plays at approximately A, (Our #22442), $950.
13. KLEMM & BRO., 1820-90, A cocuswood flute with eight nickel keys, the C and C# keys with pewter plugs. The flute is marked: KLEMM & BRO/ -IN-/ PHILADELPHIA. The rings and embouchure band are of nickel. The headjoint and barrel are cracked, and there is a crack in the third joint. Also, some of the keys are loose on their pivots. The sounding length is 580mm., (Our #24692), $450.
14. MEINELL, WILLIAM R., c.1915, A grenadilla flute with ten nickel keys including a low B key. The flute is marked: W.MEINELL/Manufacturer/New York. The metal lining in the head joint has slipped out of alignment and one key touch is broken off & missing. The barrel is cracked and it is missing one ring. It is quite filthy too, but by a fine American maker and worthy of restoring. Overall length is 640mm., (Our #23427), $300.
15. PELOUBET, CHABRIER, 1829-36, A boxwood flute with one silver square key. There is a two-inch crack at the tenon end of the head joint, a very old repaired crack in the foot joint (not through the tone hole). The tenon at the top of the foot joint is broken up. Also, the end cap and the rings of the top joint and bottom of the foot joint are missing (it has the center joint ring and end foot ring). The sounding length is 527mm., (Our #24671), $600.
16. ROHE, JOSEPH ANTON, 1840-63, A boxwood flute with, rounded horn rings and one circular brass key (missing the touch). One of the rings is warped and another is missing on the foot joint. Surely high pitched with a sounding length of 527mm., (Our #24679), $400.
17. SONNTAG, HERMAN, 1856-90, A cocuswood flute in F with six nickel keys. Overall complete and in very good condition. There is a hairline embouchure crack, and the tuning slide may be stuck. It also needs new pads and corks. Sounding length is 445mm., (Our #23457), $350.
18. WILLIAM HALL, c.1840, A cocuswood flute in 4 joints with one nickel-silver key We’ve found no cracks in the wood, but the two middle rings are cracked. Sounding length is 526mm and plays about A, (Our #23840), $450.
19. WILLIAM HALL & SON, c.1850, A flute of dark cocuswood with silver rings and eight flat silver keys (the C & C# with pewter plugs) with block mounts (the short F key with post mounts). The flute is marked: WILLIAM HALL & SON/ 239 BROADWAY/ N.YORK/8333. The embouchure bandis of silver. The headjoint is lined and the barrel is adjustable for tuning. The sounding length is 580mm, and the overall length is 660mm. There is a crack in the head joint from the embouchure band to the lower edge, and a crack through the barrel. The flute also needs new joint wraps and pads, (Our #32130), $650.
20. ZOGBAUM, FERDINAND, c.1860-70, A cocuswood flute with six nickel keys & nickel rings. The flute is marked: (bee device)/F. ZOGBAUM/IN/NEW YORK/(monogram). The head is cracked, and the barrel is cracked in two places. Some of the keys are loose on their pivots. The sounding length is 526mm., (Our #24668), $300.
21. ZOGBAUM, FERDINAND, 1854-80, A flute of nicely figured cocuswood with eight brass keys-the C & C# keys with pewter . The headjoint is fully lined but the metal liner is loose from the wood and the tuning slide seems stuck. The end cap is missing but the the cork adjuster is present. The flute needs pads and springs and joint wraps, and there's one itty bitty crack at the top of the third joint. The sounding length is 643mm., (Our #24689), $375.
European Flutes
22. CLEMENTI & COMPY, 1802-03, stained boxwood, unmounted, small original uncut holes, 1 flat square brass key, 1 5cm crack at bottom of head, SL 536, OL 620, stamp: CLEMENTI & COMPY/No 26 Cheapside/London, (Our #24670), $750.
23. ENGLISH, c.1800, boxwood, 1 square brass key, unicorn device, 538mm, (Our #24685), $1,000.
24. GERMAN, c.1890-1900, grenadilla, 11 nickel keys, B-foot, tuning barrel is frozen, sounding length 642mm, lined head joint, head joint is cracked through the embouchure, barrel is cracked, requires restoration, (Our #26654), $145.
25. GERMAN, c.1910, unstamped, grenadilla, 10 nickel keys, to low B, missing one ring & end cap, head and barrel are cracked (not through embouchure), missing touch for low B key, no case, 625mm, (Our #23431), $180.
26. GERMAN, STAMPED BRUNO, c. 1890, grenadilla, 8 nickel keys, C-foot, lined head joint and barrel, lining in the head is slipped out of place a bit, head joint is cracked at the back and the barrel is cracked at the back, tuning barrel is frozen, good springs and fresh looking pads (two need replacing), bottom end cap is loose, sounding length 600mm, (Our #26653), $200.
27. METZLER, c.1825, ebony with 8 block mounted silver saltspoon keys and wide silver rings, no missing or replaced keys, blocks or rings, fully lined head, 2 cracks each in the head joint and tuning barrel but not through the embouchure, one small crack at the top of the middle body joint, end cap probably not original, sounding length 583mm, (Our #24095), $850.
28. MONZANI & CO., 1822-1833, cocuswood with wide silver rings, 8 block-mounted silver keys, rings & keys fully hallmarked, total length: 671, sounding length: 592mm, in the somewhat shaken fitted leather case with an additional original headjoint included with tuning slide (same length), in a particularly fine state of preservation with the exception of an unrepaired crack in the tuning slide headjoint opposire the embouchure; requires new pads & cork, the upper middle joint stamped: HILL-LATE/ MONZANI & Co. 28 REGENT Ste// PICCADILLY/ LONDON/ 3203; the lower joint stamped: MONZANI & Co. & below: PATENT, (Our #28497), $2,500.
Boehm System & Variants
29. ALFRED G. BADGER, c.1880, A Boehm-system flute of grenadilla with a cylindrical body/bore with silver keywork, C-foot, closed G#, and an ebonite headjoint with raised lip-plate. The rollers for the keys on the foot joint are of ebonite. Inspired by the flutes of Boehm & Mendler, this flute is engraved on the upper tenon: A.G.BADGER/MAKER NY. Another Badger flute with the name similarly engraved is illustrated on p.17 in David Shorey's 1983 Catalogue of Historic Flutes. In the original leather-covered case, which contains the original ebonite tenon caps. Sounding length is 590mm and plays about A, (Our #26668), $2,000.
30. GERMAN, c.1890, An unmarked Boehm system flute of grenadilla with an open G# key and C-foot. In the style of Boehm & Mendler. Closed silver plated keywork. There is a two centimeter hairline crack at the base of the head joint. Sounding length is 607mm., (Our #25102), $800.
Piccolo
Piccolos
31. DANIEL, c.1880-90, A Grenadilla piccolo that is likely in Eb, though it is presently too leaky and missing end cap to guage pitch. Originally sold by Penzel Muller in NYC The piccolo has five nickel keys and very small tone holes, with a fully lined head joint. The end cap is missing and the headjoint is cracked at the back side. The barrel is also cracked. Also, the tuning slide is frozen (it rotates, but doesn’t pull open). Sounding length is 245mm. Ragged original case is included., (Our #23353), $75.
32. ENGLISH, mid 19th century, A cocuswood piccolo with the body in two joints, with one round nickel saltspoon key, and three nickel rings (the end-ring & cap absent). The head joint is cracked and the crack passes through the embouchure hole. Sounding length is 250mm., (Our #24696), $60.
Fifes
33. GEORGE CLOOS, A keyless rosewood fife with long nickel silver ferrules. The fife is marked: Stamped CROSBY/ (GC monogram). One of the end ferrules is a bit dented at the tip (the one at the head), and it needs new joint cork., (Our #29394), $75.
34. GEORGE CLOOS, A keyless rosewood fife with long nickel silver ferrules. The fife is marked: Stamped CROSBY/ (GC monogram). One of the end ferrules is a bit dented at the tip (the one at the head), and it needs new joint cork., (Our #29395), $75.