4-Keyed Flute

4-Keyed Flute

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Description (Brief)

This flute was made in Germany around 1878 to 1880 and sold by the J. Howard Foote Company in New York and Chicago. It is a 4-keyed flute in F made of stained boxwood with ivory ferrules and German silver keys.

John Howard Foote (1833-1896) was a musical instrument dealer with shops in New York City and Chicago. This make and style of flute (#5307), as listed in an 1880 J. Howard Foote catalog, sold for $2.40.

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Date made
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Physical Description
boxwood (overall material)
bone (overall material)
German silver (overall material)
overall: 19 9/16 in x 1 1/4 in; 49.68875 cm x 3.175 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of J. Howard Foote
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