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Walking-stick flute

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In C. Conoidal bore. Boxwood carved and incised in imitation of bamboo. Ivory headcap and brass ferrules. Made in three parts in the form of a walking stick: headjoint, bodyjoint, and walking-stick extension. Brass liner in headjoint. Elliptical embouchure. Six fingerholes and two...

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Stamped on body: L. EMBACH & CO. / AMSTERDAM


November 22, 1989, likely sold by Sotheby's London, lot 75. By 1994, Wurlitzer-Bruck, New York; 1994, sold by Wurlitzer-Bruck to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 26, 1994)

Credit Line

Bequest of Gertrude T. Taft by exchange and William Lindsey Fund, by exchange

about 1840

Object Place

Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Length 92.2 cm (36 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, ivory, brass


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones