Metzler, Flute, c.1825, London
An ebony flute with eight block mounted silver saltspoon keys and wide silver rings. The flute is marked: METZLER/LONDON, and the foot joint is stamped PATENT. The stamps on the head and barrel are very nearly worn off but it probably had a 105 Wardour st address on the barrel. None of the keys are missing or replaced, and the same goes for the blocks and rings. The head joint is fully lined. There are two cracks each in the head joint and the tuning barrel, but none through the embouchure hole. There is one small crack at the top of the middle body joint, and the end cap is probably not original. The sounding length is 583mm.
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