Flute – METZLER, Martinadmin
A four-part, boxwood flute by Martin METZLER (ca. 1755-1809), who made this instrument around the turn of the eighteenth century.
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 Metlzer 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.
This flute is crafted in lovely honey-coloured Boxwood , with ivory rings and cap. The key is made of brass and is very easy to use. The instrument was fully restored and is in super playing condition. It plays very well in tune and has a bright and warm character in all registers. Its pitch is around a=432 Hz.