English flageolet–piccolo – BUTLER, George


Category Flageolets & recorders, Flutes
Maker BUTLER, George
Marks and inscriptions BUTLER
Period 1830-1900
Place of origin London, England
Description Cocuswood English flageolet with alternative piccolo head in original case
Materials Cocuswood , silver, mother-of-pearl
Dimensions Sounding length 252 mm
Overall length as flageolet 400 mm
Overall length as piccolo 290 mm
Condition Sold as is, for restoration
Accessories Original case
Other distinctive features Hallmarked engraved silver mounts
Price (€) €1,550.00
Ref 1009


English flageolet–piccolo – BUTLER, George

This rare cocuswood English flageolet with alternative piccolo head joint was made by a company led by George BUTLER (1795-1870) – the head of a family of instrument makers that were producing and dealing in brass, woodwind and many other instruments in Dublin and in London between 1826 and 1927. George started out in Dublin and was later in London. The company traded under the name ‘Butler’s Musical Instruments’ and its London base was at 29 Haymarket from 1865 to 1898.  His three sons worked with George until his death in 1870.
This instrument can be played as a flageolet or a piccolo with the same fingering. It is beautifully crafted and decorated with hand-engraved mounts/rings. The engravings feature flowers and leaves. The six silver keys are all hallmarked. It can be dated back to the1870s. It is supplied in its original leather covered case.
In terms of condition, this flageolet/piccolo has some cracks (piccolo’s head joint and tuning slide; flageolet’s head joint) which have to be restored. It would be advisable restore this instrument to get it in playing condition.
It is clear that this instrument was made for a very special player indeed.

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