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Piccolo (Boehm system)

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In ?. Conoidal bore. Varnished blackwood body; silver headjoint. Silver rings. Made in two parts: headjoint and bodyjoint. Elliptical embouchure. Boehm system with open g-sharp' key. Protective plastic sleeve (not original?) for metal tenon of bodyjoint. Leather-covered hard-shell case...

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Engraved on headjoint: STERLING; stamped on bodyjoint: GEORGE W. HAYNES / NEW YORK


Before 1920, apparently used in the "Edison Record Orchestra" by Julius Spindler, flautist for the Sousa Band. About 1920, Richard W. Reeves; 1945, sold by Reeves to Dale Higbee, Salisbury, North Carolina; 1986, gift of Higbee to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 17, 1986)

Credit Line

Gift of Dale Higbee

late 19th century

Object Place

New York City, New York, United States


Length 31.9 cm (12 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Blackwood, silver


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones