Radcliff system piccolo used by Richard Chugg

Made in London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom, Europe, 1915-1925.

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.

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 ...


Piccolo, Radcliff system, with cleaning rod and case, cocus wood / metal, made by Rudall Carte, London, England, probably 1915-1925, owned and played by Richard Chugg

Radcliff system piccolo of modern pitch. Made of cocus wood with silver keys. Constructed in two sections - body and head joint. Head joint is metal lined. Maker's details 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. As the serial number is unreadable it is not able to find the specific date it was made. It is thought to date from around 1920.


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


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

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Radcliff system piccolo used by Richard Chugg 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 November 2017, <https://ma.as/364418>
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