French flageolet – NOBLET AINE, D


Category Flageolets & recorders
Maker NOBLET AINE, Denis Nicolas
Marks and inscriptions Face in star/sunshine
D. Noblet/AINE
Period 1830-1900
Place of origin La Couture-Boussey, France
Description Boxwood French flageolet by
Materials Boxwood , German/nickel silver, ivory
Dimensions Total length 380 mm
Sounding length 175 mm
92 g
Weight with case 300 g
Condition Working condition
Accessories Original case with key
Price (€) €890.00
Ref 28


French flageolet – NOBLET AINE, D

A wonderful four-part French flageolet with 4 keys  in Boxwood . It has four tone-holes on the front and two on the back. The ivory rings and oar-shaped beak are original and are unaltered. The four keys are made of German/nickel silver. All the parts are stamped ‘D. Noblet/AINE’ with the addition of a sunshine/face in a star. The NOBLET family of turners and violin makers was active in La Couture-Boussey between 1728 to 1904, when it was acquired by Leblanc. The small town, located in the north of France, seems to have been ‘the place’ for musical instrument manufacture at the time. It was where families including the Hotteterres, the Godfroys and the Lots, to name just a few, had their workshops.
This flute seems to have been made by Denis Nicolas NOBLET (1796–1874) and he was an active instrument maker towards the second half of the nineteenth century. He made some changes to the company stamp so that it had cursive text and oval shape around the lettering. We can estimate the date of fabrication to be around 1860. It is in unrestored, but playing condition, tuned in A and plays quite nicely at a pitch of a=440 Hz. This lovely flageolet is supplied in what might be its original wooden case with key!!!

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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