4-Keyed Flute

4-Keyed Flute

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Description (Brief)
This flute was made by Martin Freres around 1878 to 1880, and sold by the J. Howard Foote Company in New York and Chicago. It is a 4-keyed flute in D made of cocoa wood with German silver ferrules and key and an ivory embouchure. This flute is stamped:

[bee] [/] MARTIN FES [/] A [/] PARIS [/] MF

John Howard Foote (1833-1896) was a musical instrument dealer with shops in New York City and Chicago. This make and style of flute (#5339), as listed in an 1880 J. Howard Foote catalog, sold for $18.30.
Currently not on view
Date made
Martin Freres
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
Physical Description
coca wood (overall material)
German silver (overall material)
overall: 61.2 cm; 24 1/8 in
overall: 24 1/16 in x 1 1/2 in; 61.11875 cm x 3.81 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of J. Howard Foote
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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