Alto flute in G

about 1815
William Henry Potter (English, 1760–1848)

Object Place: London, England


Length 77.5 cm (30 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Blackwood, ivory, silver

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



In A (?). Conoidal bore. Varnished ebony. Ivory tips and headcap with graduated cork-adjustment screw. Made in four parts: headjoint, upper and lower bodyjoints, and footjoint. Elliptical embouchure. Six fingerholes. Four round keys of silver (d-sharp’, f’, g-sharp’, and b-flat), with pewter plugs, their toneholes bushed with silver. Keys mounted on blocks with SATK.


Stamped on headjoint: WILLM.HENY / POTTER / IOHNSON'S COURT / FLEET STREET / LONDON; stamped on all other joints: WILLM.HENY / POTTER


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection