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2005/111/1 Flute in F, four keys, timber / metal, made by Jordan Wainwright, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1853-1884. Click to enlarge.

Flute in F made by Jordan Wainwright

Made by Wainwright, Jordan in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1853-1884.

Jordan Wainwright is the earliest known flute maker to be working in Australia. Originally working in London, possibly in partnership with his brother, he is recorded in London trade directories as a flute maker from about 1820 until about 1850. He is known to have travelled to Sydney with his wife in 1853 and by 1857 had established himself in George Street, Sydney where he worked in several premises until 1883. He died in Newtown in 1884 at the age of 86. Apart from being recorded as a musical...

Summary

Object No.

2005/111/1

Object Statement

Flute in F, four keys, timber / metal, made by Jordan Wainwright, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1853-1884

Physical Description

Flute in F, four keys, timber / metal, made by Jordan Wainwright, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1853-1884

Timber flute in either cocus or an Australian timber such as Acacia pendula (Myall). Constructed in four sections - head joint with stopper, tuning barrel, upper joint and lower joint. The foot is attached to the lower joint as a single piece. The head joint is metal lined. Four keys are made of silver and in the salt spoon style. Metal ferrules at each end of head joint, barrel and lower joint. Small metal knob on cap of headjoint. Cylindrical metal sleeve protrudes from lower end of headjoint and upper end of tuning barrel.

Marks

Stamped on head joint: 'F'

Stamped on barrel: 'WAINWRIGHT / SYDNEY / PATENT'

Stamped on top joint: 'WAINWRIGHT / SYDNEY'

Production

Notes

The flute was made by Jordan Wainwright in Sydney, New South Wales, between 1853 and 1884.

The quantity of flutes by Wainwright in Australia is unknown. However, four instruments have been sighted with his Sydney mark although it is assumed more examples exist seeing he is listed as an instrument maker in Sydney for almost thirty years. Each of these existing instruments are different in type from the others and apart from this four key instrument in F include an eight key, a single key in B flat and a single key in F. There is also a reference to a sighting of a clarinet with Wainwright's Sydney mark. This variety of flutes is consistent with surviving examples of his London work although materials differ. These include an eight key boxwood flute, an eight key cocus flute, an eight key ivory flute, a six key boxwood flute, a single key boxwood flute in A and a piccolo.

History

Notes

This instrument had been in the collection of Paul Davis in the United Kingdom and was bought by the current owner from him. It is unknown how it travelled to the United Kingdom from Australia. The tuning barrel had been repaired by pinning probably when in the collection of Paul Davis.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 2005

Acquisition Date

29 April 2005

Cite this Object

Harvard

Flute in F made by Jordan Wainwright 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 12 December 2019, <https://ma.as/350260>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/350260 |title=Flute in F made by Jordan Wainwright |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=12 December 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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