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2007/157/4 Concert flute, Boehm system, with cleaning rod and case, wood / metal, maker unknown, France, sold by Montague Bros & Co, London, England, possibly 1890-1910, owned and played by Richard Chugg. Click to enlarge.

Boehm system concert flute used by Richard Chugg

Made in France, Europe, 1915-1925.

This flute, which forms part of a collection of flutes and piccolos belonging to Richard Chugg, is of major significance to the collection and to Australian flute playing due to its association with Richard Chugg. Born in 1902 in Melbourne, Chugg became one of Australia's greatest flautists after an adventurous seafaring career that included surviving a shipwreck. After retiring from the sea at the age of 22, being unable to gain an officer's ticket due to near blindness in one eye due to a ch...

Summary

Object No.

2007/157/4

Object Statement

Concert flute, Boehm system, with cleaning rod and case, wood / metal, maker unknown, France, sold by Montague Bros & Co, London, England, possibly 1890-1910, owned and played by Richard Chugg

Physical Description

Concert flute, Boehm system, with cleaning rod and case, wood / metal, maker unknown, France, sold by Montague Bros & Co, London, England, possibly 1890-1910, owned and played by Richard Chugg.

Boehm system concert flute in high pitch constructed of cocus wood with German silver keys. Constructed in three sections. The head joint is metal lined with the finish very worn and the lower section cracking at side. Small metal button on end cap of head joint. Cork and metal tenons used for each joint at each end of middle body section. Metal rings used at each end of head and foot joints as well as at upper end of middle joint.

A flute cleaning rod, made of wood and metal, which consists of a wooden rod with finely turned grooves around the base and a rectangular shape at the top with a rectangular hole in teh centre.

A case for Boehm system concert flute, made of metal, velvet and leather, rectangular in shape it consists of two pieces, lid and base, joined at one side with leather covering and secures at the opening side with a small metal lock. Interior of case is lined with velvet and includes compartments for the flute head, middle and foot as well as cleaning rod,

Marks

Headjoint: "Class B / Montague Bros & Co / 65 Goldsmiths Row / London / 1844".
Body: As for headjoint
Foot: front - "Montague Bros & Co / London". Rear - "2".

Case: label in lid: "Montague Bros & Co / Makers / 65, Goldsmiths Row / London & Branches".

Dimensions

Height

40 mm

Depth

50 mm

Production

Made

France, Europe 1915-1925

Notes

French made trade instrument possibly made for the English market. Montague Bros & Co are known to have been retailers.

History

Notes

One of several flutes belonging to Richard Chugg, principal flute of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Source

Credit Line

Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by the Chugg family, 2007

Acquisition Date

29 October 2007

Cite this Object

Harvard

Boehm system concert flute used by Richard Chugg 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 February 2020, <https://ma.as/364415>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/364415 |title=Boehm system concert flute used by Richard Chugg |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=24 February 2020 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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