Rare Flutes


Richard Potter

I am contemplating selling my lovely Potter flute.
Four-Keyed Flute. Stamped “POTTER / Johnson’s Court Fleet Street/ LONDON”
According to Rick Wilson, it is a Richard Potter (in lieu of William Potter) because because the saddles are metal lined. Richard Potter worked on Fleet Street/London pre 1787 to 1800.

Description: Four-piece boxwood with ivory ferrules and four peter-plug keys. Plays easily at A-420. It has a lovely, sweet sound. The tuning and small tone holes makes it possible to play effectively without the use of the keys. Tuning slide. Foot register. There is a crack on the back side of the head joint which has been repaired. Key mount for the f-key is a repair. Comes in a modern box and Cavallaro outer case cover. I purchased this flute from Glennis Stout in 1997 and it has been lovingly cared for.
This flute is for sale:  $1,600 US

Rudall & Rose / Rudall Carte

Rudall & Rose at 15 Piazza, Covent Garden from 1838-1847.
Rudall Carte & Co. established in 1872.

Nineteenth-century wooden flute. It is beautifully crafted. This flute has a rich, focused, colorful and projecting tone. It is an exceptional instrument and has been lovingly cared for. The flute is partially Rudall & Rose #3411 and partially Rudall Carte. John Dodd, the previous owner, said the flute has been configured this way since at least the turn of the 20th century.

DESCRIPTION;  Four-piece wooden flute with 8 silver salt-spoon keys. Silver rings at tenons.  Pitched at A-444. Playable at A-442  Tuning slide on head joint.  A now-repaired crack runs through the embouchure hole. John Dodd says that Rudall Rose is never marked on the head joint—only on the barrel. Stored in a modern wooden case.

The head joint is Rudall & Rose (not stamped)
The barrel is stamped
Carte & Co

The upper body is stamped
Rudall & Rose [arched]
No 15 Piazza
Covent Garden

The lower body is stamped
Carte & Co

The foot joint is stamped
Rudall & Rose [arched]

HISTORY:  The flute was bought secondhand by Colonel Arthur Crookenden in around 1910. He was then in the 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment. John Dodd bought the flute from the Colonel’s son, Spencer Crookenden, who in 1994 was in his seventies. John Dodd restored the flute and used the flute exclusively for traditional Irish music.  Jan Boland purchased the flute in London from Jon Dodd in 1997.


Johann Ziegler
[Stamp of Hapsburg eagle]
I Ziegler

Nineteenth-century wooden flute. It is beautifully crafted. This flute has a rich, focused, colorful and projecting tone and a rewarding ease of playing.

Description: 10-keyed ebony flute. 3 joints plus tuning slide. Silver salt-spoon, seashell cup keys. Five silver bands. Original case with pad container . Head joint is metal-lined. Plays well at A-440. Stamp is difficult to discern.

HISTORY: Jane Bowers purchased the Ziegler from Joseph Peknik in 1974 for $500. Petnik dated the flute c.1840. Jan Boland purchased from Jane Bowers in Milwaukee Wisconsin on September 21, 1997. The instrument was not in playing condition. The head joint was cracked and the metal lining had slipped. Body was cracked significantly. While not all keys were affixed, they were all present and accounted for in the box.  Jan had the flute restored by Denny Lawson (Davenport IA) and plays the flute professionally with great frequency. It appears on several compact disc recordings on the Fleur de Son Classics label.

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