Walking-stick flute

about 1840
Ludwig Embach & Co. (Netherlandish, about 1810–1844)

Object Place: Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Length 92.2 cm (36 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, ivory, brass

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



In C. Conoidal bore. Boxwood carved and incised in imitation of bamboo. Ivory headcap and brass ferrules. Made in three parts in the form of a walking stick: headjoint, bodyjoint, and walking-stick extension. Brass liner in headjoint. Elliptical embouchure. Six fingerholes and two vent-holes. Four keys (d-sharp’, f’, g-sharp’ and b-flat’) of boxwood, mounted in slots and shaped to match contours of body, with SATW (?).


Stamped on body: L. EMBACH & CO. / AMSTERDAM


November 22, 1989, likely sold by Sotheby's London, lot 75. By 1994, Wurlitzer-Bruck, New York; 1994, sold by Wurlitzer-Bruck to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 26, 1994)

Credit Line

Bequest of Gertrude T. Taft by exchange and William Lindsey Fund, by exchange