Walking stick flute – PASHEN, John


Category Flutes
Maker PASHEN, John
Marks and inscriptions PACHEN (on all three flute parts)
Period 1830-1900
Place of origin England
Description Boxwood walking stick flute with one brass key and brass ferrules by John PASHEN
Materials Boxwood, brass, nickel silver
Dimensions Total length 950 mm, sounding length 332 mm, 220 g
Condition Working condition
Price (€) €460.00
Ref 1113


Walking stick flute – PASHEN, John

Now on sale is a walking stick instrument! This eye-catching walking stick flute was made by the Englishman, John PASHEN (1798-1847). John Pashen was active making musical instruments in London. His workshop was known for making French horns, trumpets as well as flutes and flageolets. He was particularly known for making keyed bugles for the military. He even wrote the ‘Pashen’s New and Complete Preceptor for the Royal Kent Bugle’ in 1825. On his death, his wife Elizabeth PASHEN, nee HECKFORD (1794-1872) continued the business for some time.

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This is not a ‘real’ walking stick flute – in other words, it wasn’t made all in one go as a flute with, for example, an embouchure and keys. Instead, it is what is known as a ‘false/fake’ walking stick flute. That sounds a bit unfortunate, but these items were quite common. It means that a top and bottom were added to a regular flute. In this case, we have a small B-flat flute (lowest note B-flat) in boxwood with a brass key. Then it has a stained pommel handle and nickel silver decoration. It is possible to screw the lower section on or off.

In terms of condition, this walking stick flute has had a busy life. The embouchure was altered and there is a repaired crack at the rear of the head joint.

This is a lovely, unusual item – quite a decorative piece. Take it wherever you go for an instant melody – waiting for that bus or train will never be the same again!

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