Radcliff system piccolo used by Richard Chugg

Made by Rudall, Carte & Co Ltd in London, England, 1913.

This piccolo, 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.

Chugg retired from the sea at the age of 22, having been unable to gain an officer’s ticket due to near blindness in one eye. Aft...


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Physical Description

Piccolo, Radcliff system, with cleaning rod and case, cocus wood / metal, made by Rudall Carte, London, England, 1913, owned and played by Richard Chugg.

Radcliff system piccolo of sharp pitch. Made of cocus wood with silver keys. Constructed in two sections - body and head joint. Head joint is metal lined. Maker's details are stamped on upper section of body.

A piccolo cleaning rod, made of metal which consists of a thin metal rod with an open rectangular shaped head.

A case for Radcliffe system piccolo, made of leather, velvet and metal, rectangular in shape it consists of two parts a lid and base joined at one side by leather covering and at the other with two push button clasps and a key lock.



30 mm


45 mm



This piccolo was made by Rudall Carte in London on 22 January 1913 by Whitman. It was sold on 25 February 1913 to SJ Collin of Melbourne.

Date of manufacture based on serial number listing given in Robert Bigio, Rudall, Rose & Carte: The Art of the Flute in Britain (Tony Bingham, London, 2011, p.268).


Rudall, Carte & Co Ltd 1913



Part of a collection of flutes which belonged to Richard Chugg, principal flute of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.


Chugg, Richard


Credit Line

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

Acquisition Date

29 October, 2007

Cite this Object


Radcliff system piccolo used by Richard Chugg 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 January 2018, <https://ma.as/364417>


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