Alfred G. Badger Boehm System Flute

Alfred G. Badger Boehm System Flute

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Description (Brief)
This flute was made by Alfred G. Badger in New York, New York around 1848 to 1875. It is a Boehm system flute made of rosewood with silver ferrules, keys, and embouchure plate. This flute is marked:

APPROV[ED] [/] No 201 [/] A.G. BADGER [/] NEW YORK

A. G. Badger of New York City was among the irst American to produce Boehm flutes. In the 1830's, German flutist Theobald Boehm had developed a new key and fingering system to increase the flute's volume of sound and to improve the intonation.

In 1846, judges at the Massachusetts State Fair awarded Badger a silver medla for his two Boehm flutes and commended these instruments for being "in true tune and of beautiful workmanship."
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1848-1875
maker
Badger, Alfred G.
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
rosewood (overall material)
silver (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 66.8 cm; 26 5/16 in
flute: 26 7/8 in x 2 in; 68.2625 cm x 5.08 cm
thumb rest: 1 5/16 in x 5/8 in; 3.33375 cm x 1.5875 cm
ID Number
MI.263596
catalog number
263596
accession number
52880
Credit Line
Gift of Robert E. Seel
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Data Source
National Museum of American History

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