Flute, nominal pitch: C
MakerRudall & Rose
Place MadeEngland; Europe; London; United Kingdom
DescriptionThis rosewood conical bore flute by Rudall and Rose (London) dates from between 1843 and 1847. It is in 4 sections with the body in one piece, silver keys and ferrules and an attractively decorated silver cap. It is stamped with a 4-petalled flower and “RUDALL & ROSE / NO 1 TAVISTOCK STTREET / COVENT GARDEN / LONDON”, with flower and “47”. In its present condition, only a few notes are playable (it requires re-padding) but those that do speak are loud and strong. Technical description: Rosewood; 4 sections (body in one piece); silver keys; 6 silver ferrules; metal-lined head; tuning-slide; silver embouchure-barrel; decorated silver cap and bottom ferrule; oval embouchure-hole; metal-lined sockets and capped tenons; cork and twine lapping; base for crutch (left hand); overlapping low C/C♯ touches; 3 different-sized metal spacers; with alternative head without tuning-slide or embouchure-plate, for use with the 3 spacers (Boehm preferred spacers to tuning-slides on his wooden instruments (Boehm 1882, p.23)). L0: B (TT). L1: PL - C. L2: A ring. L3: G ring. L4: G♯ (Dorus). R1: F ring; D♯ trill (Coche); dup G♯. R2: E ring; D trill. R3: D ring; B trill. R4: D♯; low C♯; low C. Keymount type: rod/pillar; leaf springs. Keyhead type: shallow cup, with pewter plugs and metal key-hole surrounds for low C/C♯.
Measurements671 with head and tuning-slide; 672 with alternative head and no spacers; 674, 676 and 678 with individual spacers.
ProvenanceGovernment Allocation to the University, 1991.
CollectionMIMEd; C.H. Brackenbury Memorial Collection