Florentin Barbier Boehm System Flute

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Description (Brief)
This flute was made by Florentin Barbier in Paris, France around 1895 to 1898, and sold by Couesnon & Cie in Paris, France. It is a Boehm System flute, made of silver. This experimental acoustic model flute is made from a square metal tube. It is engraved:

LYON GRAND PRIX 1894 [/] F. BARBIER [/] BTÉ SGDG [/] Couesnon & Cie. [/] PARIS [/] 2004

Barbier received a “grand prix” award for his flute-making at the 1894 “Exposition universelle, international et colonial,” world’s fair in Lyon, France.
Currently not on view
Date made
Barbier, Florentin
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 26 3/4 in x 1 7/8 in x 1 3/8 in; 67.945 cm x 4.7625 cm x 3.4925 cm
overall: 26 3/4 in x 1 3/4 in x 1 1/2 in; 67.945 cm x 4.445 cm x 3.81 cm
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accession number
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Credit Line
Gift of James M. Swain
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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