French flageolet – GODFROY, Frédéric Eléanor
This French flageolet was made by Frédéric Eléanor GODFROY. He was born in 1805 in Paris and was the eldest son of Clair Godfroy (1774-1841). He was a woodwind instrument maker from 1827 to 1844. The GODFROY family was active in the 18th and 19th centuries. They were initially in La Couture-Boussey and then in Paris. They were renowned makers of flutes, flageolets, and clarinets. It seems that at some point Frédéric Eléanor set up on his own.
The instrument has 4 toneholes on the front and two on the back. It is made from Boxwood and through ageing has acquired a lovely honey colour. The rings and oar-shaped beak are made of horn. It is in excellent playing condition and pitched at A, a=440 Hz.