Louis Drouet 8-Keyed Flute

Louis Drouet 8-Keyed Flute

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Description (Brief)
This flute was made by Louis François Philippe Drouet in London, England around 1818 to 1819. It is an 8-keyed flute made of ivory with silver ferrules and keys. The flute is stamped:

L. DROUET [/] 358 OXFORD St [/] 827 [/] LONDON

and engraved on a medallion:

No Flute is genuine that [/] is not bought at Mr. L. Drouet's [/] Manufactory [/] 358 Oxford Street, London [/] & accompanied by a Certificate [/] under his hand.

Louis François Philippe Drouet (1792-1873) was a flute player, teacher, and composer. In 1818, Drouet established a flute shop in London, and one year later, left the business to his employee Cornelius Ward. The inscription on the medallion is a response to fake Drouet flutes appearing on the market during this time.
Currently not on view
Date made
Ratner, Mr. & Mrs. Hyman
Drouet, Louis F.P.
Drouet, Louis F. P.
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
ivory (overall material)
silver (overall material)
overall: 67.5 cm; x 26 9/16 in
overall: 26 9/16 in x 1 3/4 in; 67.46875 cm x 4.445 cm
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accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Hyman Ratner
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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