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3D Object Treble (Alto) Recorder in F, DCM 0720

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  • Treble (Alto) Recorder in F, DCM 0720


  • Johann Heitz

Created / Published

  • Berlin, 1702.


  • -  Flute--Specimens


  • flutes


  • -  Both the head and foot joints are made in 2 separate boxwood parts to allow for the installation of tortoise shell veneer in tapered tubing or ferrule sections plus extra mid-joint ivory ferrules. All of the necessary and decorative components are then glued together to form a completed joint. See the detail of the foot joint. The large ivory bottom ferrule may be original or the restoration work of DCM. The smaller tortoise shell and ivory ferrules are replacements made by Robert E. Sheldon and Rob Turner (Charlottesville, Virginia), respectively.
  • -  Instrument type: Treble (Alto) Recorder in F
  • -  Materials: Boxwood, mostly veneered with tortoise shell, ivory beak and ferrules.
  • -  3 sections, standard 3-piece treble recorder. Adorned with more than the normal number of ferrules as follows: the middle joint has a simple tortoise shell veneer, full length, from shoulder to shoulder. See Notes.
  • -  Key Holes System: 1/7 holes.
  • -  Mark Maximum: (fleur-de-lis) / I. HEYTZ
  • -  Mark Additional: Mark on front lower edge of beak.
  • -  Condition: Breakage and shrinkage of the head joint (boxwood core) plus ivory and tortoise shell losses, mostly affecting the body and foot joints. The foot veneer has a curious alteration or addition in the form of a tortoise shell patch or inlay (roughly oval, approx. 31 x 20 mm.), unlikely the work of the maker. The purpose is unknown and not mentioned by Miller. It was added either as a repair for major tortoise shell loss in that area, or perhaps to replace an owner's name plaque inlay of unknown material. Aside from whatever adhesive may have been used, the patch is secured with 4 wooden (boxwood?) dowels which are visible at the bore and have each been disguised on the exterior with an inlaid dot of tortoise shell.
  • -  Provenance: C. Van Raalte Collection, Brownsea Castle Sale, 21 June 1927, Bournemouth, England, obtained by Harold Reeves, London, on behalf of DCM, received 6 Aug. 1927.
  • -  Location: G03.
  • -  Record created through migration from the Performing Arts Encyclopedia Database.


  • 1 musical instrument ; 50.7 cm

Call Number/Physical Location

  • ML30.4a

Source Collection

  • Holding of: Dayton C. Miller flute collection, 1880-2000 (bulk 1905-1941) DCM 0720


  • c-Music ML30.4a Dayton C. Miller flute collection, DCM 0720 (G03)

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2023866027

Online Format

  • image

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Four full-size drawings of flutes DCM 0507, DCM 0615, DCM 0916, and DCM 1125 by Jean-François Beaudin, Québec, Canada. 2003. Please make written requests for permission for other uses to:

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The quotation regarding Dr. Miller and his gold flute comes from an article by Robert S. Shankland, "Dayton Clarence Miller: Physics Across Fifty Years." American Journal of Physics 9(October 1941):273-283. LC call number: QC1.A47. It was reprinted here with permission from the American Journal of Physics 9(October 1941):278. Copyright 1941, American Association of Physics Teachers. Should you wish to quote from this article, please contact:

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