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3D Object Oboe in ?

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  • Oboe in ?


  • Rouge

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  • France(?), early 18c(?), monographic.


  • art reproduction
  • Physical Objects


  • -  Highly unusual instrument. All 3 joints are shorter than comparable instrument in C. This instrument is further unusual in that the top joint has a thumbhole (perhaps later added). Also unusual in that the upper end above the baluster decoration has an ivory ferrule over a tenon, possibly not original, the interior element of which takes a separate ivory insert in the form of a pirouette, but probably not meant to function as such. This may be original, or added as a type of tuning slide.
  • -  Instrument type: Oboe in ?
  • -  Materials: Ivory, silver keys, 2 black horn ferrules.
  • -  3 sections.
  • -  Key Holes System: 3 keys, square flaps, pin in block. Originally with left E-flat key missing and hole plugged.
  • -  Mark Maximum: ROVGE
  • -  Mark Additional: Mark on each joint.
  • -  Condition: The top of the bore is cracked, and the unusual construction may have been an attempt to correct this or perhaps the length of ivory available was insufficient for the design. Upper joint, cracks at upper end under ivory ferrule, mentioned above. Lower joint, several cracks in socket, ivory only. Horn ferrule unaffected, maybe not original. C key hole improperly drilled at location under left E-flat key position, including key. Original keys restored by DCM. Crack in bell from one of two vent holes to bottom or rim. Slot cut in lower key mount ring. That hole was plugged with ivory at unknown time.
  • -  Provenance: Sumner Healey, New York, 7 June 1924.
  • -  Location: Case_05.
  • -  In English. (language)
  • -  DCM 0423 (dcm)


  • 1 musical instrument. 50.4 cm.


  • Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

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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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