DCM 0949: Augustin Grenser I Flute in C
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The block for the G# mount was broken off and has been filed away to receive a substitute, likely metal replacement saddle, also missing. It is also possible that the G# key was an addition in that there is very little wood mass in the baluster to support such a key block. Furthermore, the G# hole placement is rather clumsy in that it is very close to the decorative bead at the bottom of the baluster and very coarsely executed. The area of the missing F key has been damaged and crudely morticed to receive what may have been a metal flange supporting a key mount of unknown design applied with 2 steel pins or screws, one of which is still present. Most likely this joint had no keys and is from a Grenser 1-keyed instrument, this flute being a mixture of 2 instruments. It likely had 3 corps de rechange, and if the present upper body joint marked 3 is one of them, the others may or may not have had the B-flat key. See Condition.
Instrument type: Flute in C
Medium: Ebony, ivory cap, cork-setting mechanism, register slide and ferrules, silver keys.; 60.05 cm.
Key Holes System: 4 keys(?), square flat flaps. It is nearly certain that this was a 4-key instrument. See Notes and Condition.
Mark Maximum: (fleur-de-lis?) / (crossed swords) / A. GRENSER.
Mark Additional: Mark on head, lower body. Mark on upper: (crossed swords) / A. GRENSER / 3. Mark on foot: (crossed swords) / A. GRENSER / DRESDEN / 1789
Condition: G# and F key missing on the lower body joint. See Notes regarding key mounts. In addition, the E-flat key mount is broken off on one side and the spring is not original.
Provenance: Prof. Dr. Schmehl-Kundsen, Martinez, California, 9 July 1930.