Flute – GOULDING D’ALMAINE & CO, one key


Category Flutes
Marks and inscriptions Crown
Period 1750-1830
Place of origin England
Description One-keyed Goulding D’Almaine & Co. boxwood flute
Materials Boxwood , ivory, brass
Dimensions Total length 499 mm, sounding length 432 mm, 155 g
Condition Restored, fully functional
Accessories Handmade, soft fabric case
Price (€) €1,150.00
Ref 7


Flute – GOULDING D’ALMAINE & CO, one key

A fully restored Boxwood , one-keyed third flute in four sections made by Goulding D’Almaine & Co.
Goulding D’Almaine & Co. was a firm of musical instrument makers, music sellers, publishers and printers that was in existence in one form or another for around eighty years. It was first established in 1785 by George Goulding and Thomas D’Almaine joined the company in around 1800. Other people joined and left the company over time as partners. The name and set up changed over the years, but we can be sure than the company operated out of 20 Soho Square from 1811 and kept Goulding in the name until 1834 when it was turned into D’Almaine & Co. We can therefore date this instrument from between 1811 and 1834.

The flute is made from boxwood with five ivory rings and an ivory head cap. It bears the company stamp on all four parts. The number 3 stands for the function as a third flute. This means that the flute plays a third higher than a regular flute. So, the lowest note is F. The flute is pitched at a=442 Hz and places quite nicely following restoration of one ivory ring and replacement of threading and pad.

Important note

This instrument contains ivory. A certificate for the legal sale of this instrument within the European Union is supplied when purchased.
For those based outside the European Union, we can arrange a CITES for its legal exportation and importation.

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