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Two flutes by Drouyn & Drouyn

Made
There have been few woodwind instrument makers in Australia specialising in instruments for use in orchestras and marching bands. The Silvertone fife appears to have been made in Brisbane by the Drouyn drum company although it is uncertain when production actually began. Although these instruments are of simple construction they have the advantage of being very solid compared to wooden and keyed instruments diminishing the risk of serious damage occurring to them. They are also without any …

Summary

Object No.

2004/97/1

Object Statement

Fifes (2), Silvertone, metal, made by Drouyn & Drouyn, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1940-1985

Physical Description

Fifes (2), Silvertone, metal, made by Drouyn & Drouyn, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1940-1985

Two Silvertone fifes. Metal fife pitched in C consisting of long metal tube with [chrome] finish. Embouchure hole for blowing at one end set into broader section of tubing. Six finger holes along lower length of tube. No keys. There is an end cap at the blowing end.

Metal fife in D. Long metal tube with embouchure hole for blowing at one end set into broader section of tubing. Slightly longer than C instrument with larger mouthpiece section and dull finish. Six finger holes along lower length of tube. No keys. The end cap is missing.

Marks

Stamped into metal of C instrument, 'SILVERTONE C DROUYN BRIS'

Stamped into metal of D instrument 'D-D SILVERTONE'

Production

Notes

These instruments are thought to have been designed and manufactured by the Drouyn drum company of Brisbane, Australia. It has been estimated that 40,000 were produced but production ceased in about 1993. Similar design concept to flutes, fifes and piccolos produced by Stanley Baines of Victoria during the 1930s.

History

Notes

Instrument in C was used by the donor when a member of the Toowoomba East State School Marching Band from 1983-1986. It was bought new in 1983 from Palings music store in Toowoomba. The band marched in the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers annually.

The instrument in D was given to the donor by a friend who bought it in a second hand market.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Julia Robertson, 2004

Acquisition Date

30 May 2004

Cite this Object

Harvard

Two flutes by Drouyn & Drouyn 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 October 2021, <https://ma.as/345428>

Wikipedia

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