Flute – BLACKMAN, Josiah

An 8-keyed flute by the London maker Josiah BLACKMAN (1819-1886), made from Cocuswood with nickel silver keys, finger hole bushings and rings. The rings are beautifully decorated with the Guilloché technique … also called rose engine turning. This technique is rarely found with flutes. The original pewter plugs found in the foot…

Flute – METZLER, Martin

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…

Flute – HAMICH

This elegant, German, Boxwood flute has ivory rings and a single brass key. We can date it to the late eighteenth century… perhaps around 1780. It was made by HAMICH. But who was HAMICH? A trawl through the New Langwill Index gives us quite a few matches… but it’s all rather…

Oboe – ZIEGLER, Johann

This rare oboe by Johann ZIEGLER (1794/5-1858) was made around 1840 from finely selected figured Boxwood , decorated with ivory rings and fitted with nickel/German silver keys. ZIEGLER was one of the most important woodwind instrument makers during the mid-nineteenth century, with a great reputation. His instruments were played in many…