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."
Currently not on view
Date made
Badger, Alfred G.
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
rosewood (overall material)
silver (overall material)
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
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Robert E. Seel
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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