Circa 1720-1778 (probably the earlier part of this period)
This four section conical bore ivory flute has single silver key, bulbous turned ivory at each socket, an ivory cap with turned rings and depressions at its centre, a small circular embouchure hole. The overall size is 648mm and the sounding length (embouchure to foot) is 588mm. The head, lower body and foot are each stamped “2 / SCHERER” with lion rampant (of Hesse). Two (alignment) dots on the upper body may suggest that other “corps-de-rechange” (upper body sections) may have existed for the instrument originally. As many as six, each a slightly different length, could be made for the same flute.
Technical description: Ivory; 4 sections; silver key; bulbous turned ivory at each socket; ivory cap with turned rings and depression at centre; small circular embouchure-hole; sockets and foot end have slightly protruding ring on inner edge of circle, foot socket also has turned rings on this edge. R0: Keymount type: ring; SATB.
Keyhead type: flat square, with rivet in centre where keyhead and shank join (although no obvious join between two pieces of metal); large keytouch.
Performance characteristics: Range D⁴ - A⁶. Speaks easily throughout range with strong sound and rich tone quality; Young (1986, p.119) comments that Barthold Kuijken considered this flute to be `a magnificent playing instrument'.
Usable pitch: A⁴ = c 390 Hz (c 390 Hz).
Repair History: Upper tenon of upper body has been broken off and repaired; re-glued in 1985 by Roderick Cameron.
Specific usage history: Played by Barthold Kuijken 3.10.85; measured by F. von Huene (1978) and R. Cameron (1985).
E. Smith, January 2007.
ex- Christopher Newton; apparently found in an organ near Durham, wrapped in a newspaper dated c 1919.; Bequest of Sir Nicholas Shackleton, 2006.