* FLAGEOLETS AND COLLECTION *



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Bainbridge, London - England A bone mounted boxwood flageolet and flute set with interchangeable heads in very good condition, bearing the original stamp: New Patent, Bainbridge Inventor, 35 Holborn Hill, London. Boxwood in good condition, 2 interchangeable heads, one a flageolet head side or top blown and the other a flute head, 6 bone rings and 2 bone head caps, one solid silver key, original bone beak, bone screw to shut either the top or side blown hole. Included are some bone parts which are in the case but we do not know what they are used for. Comes in original fitted mahogany case.

Measurements: total length with flute head 59.7 cm,
total length with flageolet head 59.7 cm,
middle of embouchure to bottom with flute head 53 cm,
embouchure to bottom with flageolet head 53.8 cm.
1 Keyed bone Mounted Boxwood Flageolet and Flute Set around 1810 Early Musical Instruments, antique ivory mounted boxwood Flageolet and Flute Set by Bainbridge
Early Musical Instruments, antique ivory mounted boxwood Flageolet and Flute Set by Bainbridge

Simpson, London - England An bone mounted boxwood tenor and alto double flageolet in very good condition, bearing the original stamp: Simpson, 266 Regent Street, Oxford Street, London, Improved Patent, also the alto side stamped by finger holes: D - F sharp - D sharp - C sharp, and tenor side stamped: B. Boxwood in good condition except for a repair in the 3rd joint which is pinned, 5 bone rings, 12 solid silver keys in good condition, the tenor has 2 bone finger positioning studs and the alto has 6, 1 is missing, original bone beak, plays but needs a set up.

Measurements: total length without beak 51.8 cm,
length from the embouchure to end of the tenor is 39 cm,
length from the embouchure to end of the alto is 33.4 cm.
12 Keyed bone Mounted Boxwood Tenor and Alto Double Flageolet Early Musical Instruments, antique ivory mounted boxwood Flageolet by Simpson
Early Musical Instruments, antique ivory mounted boxwood Flageolet by Simpson

Bainbridge & Wood, London - England A bone mounted boxwood soprano double flageolet in good condition, playing in C and bearing the original stamp: Bainbridge Inventor, Holborn Hill, London Patent and Bainbridge + Wood, 35 Holborn Hill, London, Patent, also the right recorder's finger holes stamped: B1/A2/G3/F4/E5/D6, and the left recorder's stamped: B/1G/2F/3E/4D. Boxwood in good condition but a hairline crack in the main body (2 cm), 6 bone rings one of which has a hairline crack (1.6 cm), 7 solid silver keys, left recorder with 4 bone finger positioning studs and right recorder with 6 and 1 missing on the back, original bone beak, in original mahogany case, plays and sounds nice can be improved with proper set up, total length without beak 37.5 cm, embouchure to bottom 27 cm.
7 Keyed bone Mounted Boxwood Soprano Double Flageolet Early Musical Instruments, antique ivory mounted boxwood Flageolet by Bainbridge
Early Musical Instruments, antique ivory mounted boxwood Flageolet by Bainbridge

J. Streker, Mulhouse - France A bone mounted stained fruitwood sopranino double flageolet in very good condition, playing in F and bearing the original stamp: J. Streker, Mulhouse, France. Stained fruitwood in very good condition no cracks, 4 bone rings and 1 missing, 7 nickel keys, left recorder has 2 bone finger positioning studs and 1 missing and right recorder has 4 and 1 missing, original bone beak, plays and sounds nice, total length without beak 32 cm, embouchure to bottom 23 cm.
7 Keyed bone Mounted Stained Fruitwood Sopranino Double Flageolet Early Musical Instruments, antique ivory mounted stained fruitwood Flageolet by J. Streker
Early Musical Instruments, antique ivory mounted rosewood Flageolet by J. Streker

Bainbridge & Wood, London - England A bone mounted boxwood soprano single flageolet in very good condition, playing in C, bearing the original stamp: Bainbridge + Wood Patent, Bainbridge Teacher + Inventor, 35 Holborn Holborn Hill, London Patent. All finger holes stamped C-0 to C-7. Boxwood in good condition no cracks, 3 bone rings, 2 split solid silver keys which need new springs and pads, 6 bone finger positioning studs, original bone beak, plays and sounds nice, total length without beak 37 cm, embouchure to bottom 27 cm.
2 Keyed bone Mounted Boxwood Soprano Single Flageolet Early Musical Instruments, antique ivory mounted boxwood Flageolet by Bainbridge
Early Musical Instruments, antique ivory mounted boxwood Flageolet by Bainbridge

Improved, London - England A boxwood sopranino single flageolet in very good condition, playing in F, bearing the original stamp: Improved Patent Flageolet Flute, London, F. Boxwood in good condition no cracks, 1 brass key which needs a new spring and pad, original bone beak, playable with proper set-up, total length without beak 29.1 cm, embouchure to bottom 21.3 cm.
1 Keyed Boxwood Sopranino Single Flageolet Early Musical Instruments, antique ivory mounted boxwood Flageolet by Improved
Early Musical Instruments, antique ivory mounted boxwood Flageolet by Improved

Bainbridge, London - England A nice 200 year old ring mounted boxwood tenor double flageolet in good condition bearing the inventor and maker's full stamp: a "crown" / BAINBRIDGE INVENTOR / Holborn / Hill / London. Also stamped: BAINBRIDGE & WOOD / 35 / Holborn / Hill / PATENT. The baroque style sound of this flageolet is very sweet and all the notes have the same strong volume, which is very unusual, because it has not been restored or adjusted, still has the very old pads which could be replaced to further improve the instrument. The few hairline cracks have been repaired a long time ago, also one silver cut-off key has been repaired, but the action of spring is very sluggish. The flageolet has 5 solid silver keys, 2 solid silver cut-off keys.

Measurements: Length over-all: 47.5 cm
Speaking length D# tube: 27.4 cm
Speaking length B tube: 27.4 cm
Bore D# pipe: 1.6 cm at the top of the joint, 1.1 cm at the end of the joint
Bore B pipe: 1.6 cm at the top of the joint, 1.1 cm at the end of the joint

The English instrument maker William Bainbridge developed and patented the "improved English flageolet" in 1803 and the double flageolet around 1805.

It is thought that Bainbridge invented the double flageolet inspired by John Parry, a Welsh musician and composer, who performed on two flageolets set together in one frame at a concert at Covent Garden. Two instruments in different keys are placed side by side with a single mouthpiece. They could be played simultaneously in thirds or, with an increase of wind pressure to overblow the lower-keyed pipe, in sixths. The cut-off keys allow to silence one pipe or the other. Parry subsequently became this instrument's most famous player, composer, teacher and proponent.
7 Keyed Ring Mounted Boxwood Tenor Double Flageolet around 1810 Early Musical Instruments, antique ivory mounted boxwood Flageolet by Bainbridge
Early Musical Instruments, antique ivory mounted boxwood Flageolet by Bainbridge

Flageolet Collection A rare and unique flageolet collection. 10 boxwood, 2 ebony and 1 stained fruitwood flageolets made between 1800 and 1850. All of them are stamped. 9 double flageolets, 3 single flageolets and 1 single flageolet with an extra flute head - interchangeable. Rare and Unique Flageolet Collection

Anonymous, French, 1850s An attractive 1 keyed bone mounted rosewood flageolet, one nickel key, 2 bone rings and 2 bone rings which are later replacements, one bone ring is cracked, tiny hairline crack in the middle part, plays good, unusual bone beak mount, overall length 34 cm.
1 keyed bone mounted rosewood flageolet Early Musical Instruments, antique ivory mounted rosewood Flageolet

Butler, London, England, 1870s A rare ebony, single flageolet with an extra piccolo head, stamped: Butler, Haymarket, London and Dublin. 6 nickel keys, nickel mounts, original bone beak, playable but needs new pads. One hairline crack each in the upper key joint, the flageolet and piccolo head ca. 3 cm which has no influence on the sound due to the metal liner. This instrument can be played as a flageolet or a piccolo, in original mahogany box, overall length flageolet 40 cm, overall length piccolo 29 cm.
Ebony flageolet that converts to a piccolo Early Musical Instruments, antique ebony Flageolet by Butler





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