Keyed Giorgi Fluteadmin
In the 19th century, several inventors patented ideas to enable the flute to be played vertically. This meant that the flute was held vertically, but blown transversely. Enter the fascinating ‘Giorgi’ flute!
This particular Giorgi flute is in excellent condition and probably dates from around 1896-1900. It plays at a=440 Hz and has been cleaned and the pads have been replaced with new ones. The Ebonite body is stamped on the front with the words ‘JOSEPH WALLIS & SON LTD./ GIORGI PATENT/ LONDON. In addition, ‘PATENT’ is stamped on the front of the head joint. The head joint or mouthpiece is engraved on the left-hand side (from the player’s view) with ‘Wallis‘, and on the right hand side with ‘CT. Giorgio’, both in running script. There is also an additional ‘T’ stamped on the back of the body near the base.
The flute is housed in a hard, wooden case and lined with blue fabric, possibly satin and has a working key. The case features a compartment in the fabric for the cleaning rod.