Richard Potter 6-Keyed Flute

Description (Brief)
This flute was made by Richard Potter in London, England around 1787 to 1800. It is a 6-keyed flute made of boxwood with ivory ferrules, an ivory crown cap, and German silver keys. This flute is stamped:

PATENT [/] 6[/] POTTER [/] JOHNSON'S COURT [/] FLEET STREET [/] LONDON

Richard Potter (1726-1806) was granted British Patent #1499 on October 28, 1785 for “An improvement upon the musical instrument commonly called the German flute, and which invention was also as to parts thereof applicable to and an improvement upon most of such other musical wood instruments as are played upon with keys.”
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1787-1800
unspecified
Buchanan, Mr. & Mrs. Roberdeau
maker
Potter, Richard
Potter, Richard
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
boxwood (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
German silver (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 66.4 cm; x 26 1/8 in
overall: 26 1/4 in x 1 1/2 in; 66.675 cm x 3.81 cm
ID Number
MI.035625a
catalog number
035625a
accession number
97135
patent number
1499
Credit Line
Gift of Estate of Mr. and Mrs. Roberdeau Buchanan
See more items in
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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