Grenser 1-Keyed Flute

Grenser 1-Keyed Flute

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Description (Brief)
This flute was made by Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Grenser, in Dresden, Germany around 1780 to 1799. It is a 1-keyed flute in C made of boxwood with ivory ferrules and tuning slide, and a silver key. This flute has seven upper joints of different lengths numbered 1 through 7 for tuning. All of the pieces are stamped:

[symbol] [/] H. GRENSER [/] DRESDEN

Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Grenser (1764-1813) started his career as an apprentice, working with his uncle August Grenser in Dresden from 1779-1786. Heinrich Grenser took over the shop in 1796 and continued making musical instruments until his death.
Currently not on view
Date made
Grenser, Heinrich
Physical Description
boxwood (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
silver (overall material)
overall: 59.5 cm; 23 7/16 in
in tray: 29 1/4 in x 4 1/4 in x 2 1/8 in; 74.295 cm x 10.795 cm x 5.3975 cm
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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