Flute

about 1785
George Miller (English, active about 1765–after 1790)


Object Place: London, England

Dimensions

Length 63.3 cm (24 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1981.405

Medium or Technique

Boxwood, ivory, silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Aerophones

In C. Conoidal bore. Boxwood, varnished light yellow-brown. Ivory rings. Made in four parts: headjoint, upper and lower bodyjoints, and footjoint. Six interchangeable upper bodyjoints. Elliptical embouchure. Six finger holes. Four square keys (Young type F) of silver (d-sharp’, f’, g-sharp’, and b-flat’), mounted on blocks (d-sharp’ key mounted on ring) with SATW. Painted wood case with green cloth lining. Sounding lengths: with section #1 = 562 mm; #2 = 554 mm; #3 = 546 mm; #5 = 528 mm; #6 = 520 mm

Inscription

Stamped on all joints: [unicorn] / G. MILLER / LONDON / O

Provenance

By 1981, Homer R. Vine, Westminster, Massachusetts, who apparently found the flute in a barn, Bradford, New York; 1981, sold by Vine to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 18, 1981)

Credit Line

Arthur Mason Knapp Fund