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

Firth Pond & Co.

547 Broadway
New York
c. 1857

8-keyed flute

An American made 19th-century wooden flute with 8 German silver keys mounted on wooden saddles. In original leather-covered, kid-lined wooden case. Stamped ‘Firth Pond & Co./ 547 Broadway /New York.’ Metal-lined head joint. Tuning slide. Excellent condition. Plays easily at A-440. Good intonation. I particularly like its voice. Tone holes are not large, but the sound is strong and would make a nice Celtic instrument or classical instrument. This flute is very much like the one owned by American composer Stephen Collins Foster _ his flute is housed in the Stephen Foster Memorial Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Also see similar flute listed in Library of Congress DCM 1251: Firth Pond & Co. http://www.loc.gov/resource/dcmflute.1251

This flute is for sale:  $1,200 US.

Nonon flute

This wooden French flute dates circa 1858-1862 and is stamped with the treble clef sign and “Nonon Paris”  The flute is a beautiful work of art. It has three joints and twelve silver keys.  Stored in its original box. Embouchure has a silver plate. This flute has possibly the most beautiful tone of any flute I have owned. This flute was exceedingly popular in France in the mid nineteenth century.

Pitch: A440 (or a bit higher depending on how you approach the instrument).

Jan Boland purchased flute from Rod Cameron on December 4, 1996. Rod Cameron purchased the flute from the collector, Vicar St. Davids in London. Vicar St. David collects flutes ca Rossini/Beethoven era. He also showcased Rod’s flutes for London buyers.

Jacques Nonon, born 1802, died c. 1867. Paris.   Nonon was foreman to Tulou and was his partner 1831-1853 after which he continued on his own account until 1867. Nonon’s mark after 1853 was a treble clef.

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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