Theobald Boehm Flute

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Description (Brief)
This flute was made by Theobald Boehm in Munich, Germany in 1848. It is a Boehm System flute, serial #4, made of silver with a wood head joint and accessioned with a period case. This flute is engraved:

Th. Boehm [/] in [/] Munchen [/] 4

Theobald Boehm (1794-1881) was a German inventor and musician best known for developing the modern flute and improved fingering system, known as the “Boehm system.” Boehm patented his new fingering system in 1847.
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Date made
Boehm, Theobald
place made
Deutschland: Bayern, Munich
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 25 7/8 in x 1 5/8 in; 65.7225 cm x 4.1275 cm
overall: 25 3/4 in x 1 1/2 in; 65.405 cm x 3.81 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of James M. Swain
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Data Source
National Museum of American History