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 was  recently ‘in the shop’ (February, 2020) and 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 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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