421.121.12

Flute in D, dark brown wood, deep ivory mounts throughout. One silver key, flat, square, mounted in turned ring. Sounding length (embouchure to foot) is 55.1 cm. Pitch: A=415. Wood shows exposure to light. Old crack in mount at middle joint. Key mounting ring has been split and repaired by insertion of a new piece. Mount cracked at lower joint socket with crack in woodwork beneath. Stamped: Stanesby Junior.

The design of the one-keyed flute was first developed by the Hotteterre family in the late 17th century. They divided the flute into three parts, gave it a key and improved its sound by making the bore of the central tube conical. The Stanesby flute is an 18th century advance on flutes by Hotteterre. It is built in 4 sections to accommodate alternative middle joints (corps de rechange) used to tune the flute.

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