Flute made by Rudall, Rose & Carte & Co

Made by Rudall, Rose, Carte & Co in London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom, Europe, 1862-1900.

This flute is one of several in the Powerhouse Museum’s collection that belonged to and were played by one of Australia’s greatest flautists, Neville Amadio. Internationally renowned as a soloist and chamber musician, Amadio held the position of Principal Flute in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for over forty years from its establishment in the early 1930s until his retirement from the position in 1978.

Born in Sydney in 1913 Neville Amadio began learning the flute at the age of eight initially...


The 1851 system flute can be divided into three main sections, each made from silver with silver keys, and consists of the head joint, the middle joint and the foot joint. The head joint is decorated with a floral motif around the lip plate and the middle joint features an engraved inscription on the barrel, "COUNCIL & PRIZE MEDALS / 1851 AND 1862 / Rudall Rose Carte & Co / Patentees / 20 Charing Cross / London / Boehm's Parabola / Carte's Mechanism".

The flute is housed, fully assembled, in a long timber case, covered with a black textured leather. It has a hinged lid, with two catches at the front, one is broken. The interior is lined with with a dark purple velvet.


The 1851 system was created by Richard Carte (b.1808 d.1891) who was a successful English flautist and teacher. Carte was one of the first to take up the Boehm system in England. However, in 1850, he became a partner at the firm Rudall and Rose, and in the same year patented his combination of the Boehm system with the old fingering which became known as the 1851 system. The mark of this example refers to Boehm's parabola which refers to the shape of the flute bore, as opposed to the previous conical bore instruments. Carte's Mechanism, refers to the new keywork he designed. The open hole note was a D instead of C#. The forked fingering required for F on the Boehm system, which had caused difficulties for some players, was reverted to the simple system fingering (i.e. retaining both the long and short F keys). Another advantage nominated by Carte in preference to the Boehm system, was the large reduction in cross fingerings in the third register. At the 1851 London Exhibition, Carte was awarded a medal for this system. (Danielle Eden; Catalogue Of Flutes And Piccolos At The Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences/Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Australia, (November, 1996)
Rudall, Rose, Carte & Co 1862-1900


One of the instruments owned by Neville Amadio. It is unknown where and when he acquired this instrument or if he used it in performances.
Amadio, Neville 1930-1978


Gift of Mrs Hilda Maude Amadio, 2007
18 July, 2007

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Flute made by Rudall, Rose & Carte & Co 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 November 2017, <https://ma.as/362583>
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