Piccolo – SELBOE, Johan Christopher


Category Flutes
Maker Johan Christopher SELBOE
Marks and inscriptions star
Period 1830-1900
Place of origin Denmark, Copenhagen
Description One-keyed, ebony piccolo with ivory rings and cap, silver key
Materials Ebony , ivory, silver
Dimensions Total length 336 mm
Sounding length 272 mm
Weight 75 g
Condition Restored, fully functional
Accessories Brand-new, fabric case
Price (€) €650.00
Ref 1018


Piccolo – SELBOE, Johan Christopher

An extremely rare and beautiful piccolo made in the fabulous capital of Denmark…Copenhagen. This instrument was made by the Danish master Johan Christopher SELBOE 1807-1873. He made woodwind and brass instruments and took part in several international exhibitions. He made flutes, piccolos, clarinets, oboes, horns and tubas, among others.
SELBOE was born in Copenhagen in 1807 to a labourer called Michel Andersen Selboe and Ane Cathrine Gynther. It appears that he was an apprentice to Henning Andersen SKOUSBOE (1776-1854). He also travelled abroad and worked as a journeyman in Hamburg, Braunschweig, Dresden, Berlin and Vienna among other places.  He finally set up his own workshop in 1837 and had at least one apprentice. Local records show that he married a lady called Ane Marie Asbek and they went on to have one child who sadly did not survive his first year.

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This piccolo is made of ebony with ivory rings and cap and a single silver key. It has two maker’s stamps. We can estimate that it was made around 1840. Its pitch is a=440 Hz. The piccolo sounds nice and plays easily. It is restored and fully functional.
Very few flutes by SELBOE are known to still exist – so this piccolo is a true rarity indeed! It comes in a new, jazzy, fabric bag to keep it safe and sound!

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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