Boxwood 6-Key Flute by Klemm Bros., c. 1890
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Heres an interesting flute that spans two generations of flute construction. Early instruments in boxwood, pear wood, etc. had their keys secured to the body of the instrument by pins going through wooden blocks. Later instruments had their keys secured by pivot posts, and were usually made of grenadilla, or some other dark heavy wood. Here we have a flute in stained boxwood, with keys mounted on posts.
The Klemm firm began making instruments in the 1820s in Philadelphia, and continued for many years, into the beginning of the 20th Century.
This instrument is in fairly good condition, considering its age. There are repaired cracks in the head and barrel joints, which are both lined with brass, so the cracks do not affect the playing. Several of the ivory rings at the tenons are cracked, and one is missing about a third of its circumference. Please request detail photos.
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- Greenwood, South Carolina
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- c. 1890
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- Height: 23 inches
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- Boxwood, Ivory, Silver