flûte harmonique

Free reeded flute mouth organ, possibly a flûte harmonique. Made to imitate the form and playing style of a flute. In three parts: a head point with simple embouchure (diameter 10 mm), a middle joint with 14 sprung flute style keys (some pearl mounted), controlling hinged nickel trap door pallets covering the free reeds. The third or foot joint has 13 keys in two blocks of 6, with one longer 'Bass' key, 22.5" long, in silver plate with two ivory rings between the joints. Stamped on head joint: 'Bouveret & Cordier, Brevetes a Paris.OBSERVATIONS MADE DURING GALLERY PHOTOGRAPHY SEPTEMBER 08: Two ivory ferrules over joins between 'joints', which are not detachable. Proximal end stopped with cork. Keys, palletes, key pillars and pallet plates are identical to those of 14.3.60/1, apart from the who upper assemblies are on the opposite sides and the other way round.

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