Flute in C

Catalogue number: 2.9

Original name: Flute in C.

Type or system: Eight keys.

Maker: William Henry Potter fl. 1806 - 1837.

Place of origin: London, c.1809 - 1814.

Overall size: 668mm.

Technical description: Five sections of ebony or blackwood: Head joint: 167mm (196mm including patent metal tuning slide); barrel: 90mm; upper joint: 210mm; lower joint: 139mm; foot joint: 158mm).

Eight silver keys with pewter plugs; silver mouthpiece; slightly oval embouchure hole; overlapping C/C sharp touches.

Large finger holes. Ivory ferrules. Silver patent ‘glide’ style. (Flute key mechanism giving ‘a sliding motion to valve’).

Key work and finger holes

Finger hole diameter (av.)

Left hand thumb:

B flat

Left hand, first finger:

T; 6.1mm

Left hand, first finger:

T; 6.1mm

Left hand, second finger:

T; 7.2mm

Left hand, third finger:

T; G sharp key; long F key; 6.2mm

Right hand, first finger:

T; C key; 7.5mm

Right hand, second finger:

T; 7.2mm

Right hand, third finger:

T; cross F key; 5.0mm

Right hand, fourth finger:

D sharp / E flat key; low C sharp key; low C key

Inscription: Stamped on Head joint ferrule: “PATENT”; Stamped on Barrel: “WILLm. HENy / POTTER / JOHNSON’S COURT / FLEET STREET / LONDON”; Stamped on Upper joint: “WILLm. HENy / POTTER”; Stamped on Lower joint: “PATENT / WILLm. HENy / POTTER”.

Faults: Crack in head joint, barrel in two pieces. Long F key has been bent down. Silver embouchure sleeve is loose. Tuning screw cork has broken off.

Recording references: Flute recordings

Illustration references: See below

Usable pitch: Plays at a’ = 430 Hz.

Previous owner: J. M . Nicholson. Donated to Birmingham School of Music, 1943.

Previous collection numbers: A and B: Item 75.

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