Rare Flutes


Richard Potter

 Four-Keyed Flute. Stamped “POTTER / Johnson’s Court Fleet Street/ LONDON”
It is possibly a Richard Potter (in lieu of William Potter) 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-430. It has a lovely colorful sound, and a surprisingly strong low d. The tuning and small tone holes makes it also possible to play effectively without the use of the F, Bb and G# keys. This flute has a tuning slide stamped “patent” with markings 3, 4, 5, 6 reaching close to A-440 with #6. Features a foot register also stamped ‘patent.” The head joint is metal lined, and there is the predictable crack in the boxwood on the backside of the head joint (not uncommon for metal lined flutes) which has been successfully repaired. Key mount for the f-key is a repair. Comes in a modern box and Cavallaro outer case cover. I purchased this flute in 1997 and it has been lovingly cared for. This flute was recently ‘in the shop’ (February, 2020) where it gone over carefully _ pewter-plug keys adjusted. It is in fine, playable condition. I love its sweet colorful tone.
This flute is for sale:  $1,800 US.




Johann Ziegler
[Stamp of Hapsburg eagle]
I Ziegler

Nineteenth-century Viennese 10-keyed wooden flute. It is beautifully crafted. This flute has a rich, focused, colorful and projecting tone and a rewarding ease of playing. I have featured this instrument on several commercial compact disc recordings on the Fleur de Son Classics label.

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

HISTORY:  Jan Boland purchased on September 21, 1997. The flute was restored by Denny Lawson (Davenport IA) and the upper middle joint has been successfully pinned. It has been played professionally and recorded with great frequency.


Haynes Head Joint


Wm. S. Haynes head joint. Handmade, Professional solid silver. Made in 1960, the “golden age period” of Haynes flute-making. Marking “Arbor #9” inside under the cork. Thin wall. Beautiful tone with an easy high range. One small ‘ding’, otherwise perfect.   $400.

HISTORY:  This is from my first professional flute. I am the original owner.



Cloos Fife


This is a REPRODUCTION of a Civil war period military fife in Bb.  Rosewood with nickel-silver ferrules and an especially easy 3rd register.  This is the most traditional drum-corps fife, authentic for the Civil War Period.  Reproduction by Sweetheart flutes.   $125.

HISTORY:   Made for me in 1993.  One owner.



Beare & Son
4-keyed Small Flute

Beare & Son
Toronto & London
Made in England

Nineteenth-century wood ‘small flute’  from circa 1883. Possibly rosewood.  Unlined. High-pitched A-452 ‘English band flute’ in Bb. 32 cm in length (measured from the center of the embouchure hole to the end of the flute). Four ‘salt-spoon’ pillar-mounted German silver keys. Cork pads.  Three German-silver turnings, one at each joint.  Keys are well-placed and comfortable to find under the fingers.  Excellent condition.  It has a powerful low range – particularly strong low “d” – and plays exceedingly well in the first two octaves.

HISTORY:  Jan Boland purchased this small flute in Iowa City from a collector in December 1993.

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