English 7-Keyed Flute

Description (Brief)
This flute was made by an unknown maker in England around 1795 to 1805. It is a 7-keyed flute, made of rosewood with silver ferrules and keys. This flute is stamped:

SAUST [/] 22 and READING [/] LONDON [/] 22

Charles Saust (1773 – ca. 1845) was born in Ballenstedt, Germany and by the early 19th century had moved to London. Saust was a prominent flute player and teacher, and composed and arranged music for flute. This flute was likely made using Saust’s specifications for sale in music shops.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1795-1805
maker
Saust
Saust, Charles
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
rosewood (overall material)
silver (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 26 1/4 in x 1 3/4 in; 66.675 cm x 4.445 cm
overall: 26 in x 1 1/2 in x 1 3/4 in; 66.04 cm x 3.81 cm x 4.445 cm
ID Number
1985.0016.24
accession number
1985.0016
catalog number
1985.0016.24
Credit Line
Gift of James M. Swain
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Flutes
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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