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2004/97/1-1 Fife, Silvertone, metal, made by Drouyn & Drouyn, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1983. Click to enlarge.

Silverton flute 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.

2004/97/1-1

Object Statement

Fife, Silvertone, metal, made by Drouyn & Drouyn, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1983

Physical Description

Fife, Silvertone, metal, made by Drouyn & Drouyn, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1983

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. There are six finger holes along the lower length of the tube, no keys and an end cap at the blowing end.

Marks

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

Production

Notes

These pieces 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.

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Silverton flute by Drouyn & Drouyn 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 October 2021, <https://ma.as/347250>

Wikipedia

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