Fifth flute – Martin Metzleradmin
Here is a really sweet, fifth flute by METZLER – in this case, we think by Martin METZLER (ca. 1755-1809).
Very little is known about Martin Metzler and his time in London. We do know that he rented dwellings in the area of Norton Folgate until about 1788. Martin Metzler was a bachelor and married Jane Fairweather in July 1784 at the Parish of St. Matthew in London. Jane was a spinster and a minor and needed the consent of her father, David Fairweather, to get married. They had a son, also called Martin the following year.
It seems that Martin had enough of England and left with his family for Carlsruhe (Karlsruhe) and became the Musical Instrument Maker of the Court of Carlsruhe. In around 1789, there was an ad in the local newspaper about a ‘Martin Metzler from London’. He offered all sorts of English woodwind instruments including flutes, bassoons, clarinets and oboes. Martin and his wife had at least three more children, all of whom died. Jane herself died during childbirth in 1803. Martin lived on for five more years until in 1809 he died of a ruptured appendix.
The flute has the same appearance and construction as instruments which are stamped with the mark of Martin Metzler. It was perhaps made during his time in England before he left for Germany. So, it was made before 1788. Its name, fifth flute, comes from the fact that it is a fifth higher in pitch then a regular flute. This size of flute was extremely rare at that time. The flute has a lovely sweet sound with great playing qualities. Its pitch is around a=415 Hz. This instrument has been fully restored and is in perfect playing condition!