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Annotated Checklist of Flutes and Piccolos by
Conn and Pan American
Elkhart, Indiana

Flutes by C. G. Conn
Flutes by C. G. Conn Ltd.
Flutes by Pan American Band Instrument and Case Company

Piccolos by C. G. Conn
Piccolos by C. G. Conn Ltd.
Piccolos by Pan American Band Instrument and Case Company

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Flutes by C. G. Conn

NMM 3509. Flute in C (high pitch) by C. G. Conn, Elkhart, Indiana, ca. 1892-1895. Serial no. 520. Wonder line. Boehm system, closed hole, C foot. Three sections. Engraved on socket: MADE BY C G CONN / ELKHART IND.; stamped on body below socket, on foot joint, under G-sharp key, and on c and c-sharp keys: 520. Nickel plated. closed hole, C foot. Sixteen nickel-plated keys. Closed G-sharp key; G trill key; B trill key; no B-flat lever. Total length, 25-5/8" (652 mm). Ex coll.: Elmer Disch Estate. Gift of Lillian M. Disch, Sioux City, Iowa, 1984.


NMM 4709.  Flute in C by C. G. Conn, Elkhart, ca. 1894-1895

NMM 4709. Flute in C (high pitch) by C. G. Conn, Elkhart, ca. 1894-1895. Serial no. 887. Howe Wonder model. Boehm system, closed hole, C foot. Three sections. Engraved on socket: HOWE MODEL / - MADE BY - / C. G. CONN / ELKHART / - IND. -; stamped on body below socket and under G-sharp key: 887. Silver plated. Sixteen gold-plated keys. Ebonite head joint, crutch, and index-finger rest piece with mother-of-pearl dot; silver-plated embouchure plate with floral engraving; and, gold-plated end cap and head-joint sleeve. Closed G-sharp key; G trill key; B trill key; no B-flat lever. Total length, 26" (660 mm). Arne B. Larson Estate, 1988.

Lit.:  John W. Coltman, "Charles 'Teach-Em' Howe & the Howe Model Flute," Newsletter of the American Musical Instrument Society, 22, No. 3 (October 1993), pp. 10-11.

Margaret Downie Banks, Elkhart's Brass Roots:  An Exhibition to Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of C. G. Conn's Birth and the 120th Anniversary of the Conn Company (Vermillion: National Music Museum, 1994), No. 18, p. 33.


NMM 3144.  Flute in C by C. G. Conn, Elkhart, ca. 1902

NMM 3144. Flute in C (high pitch) by C. G. Conn, Elkhart, ca. 1902. Serial no. 5448. Wonder line. Boehm system, closed hole, C foot. Two sections. Engraved on socket: -MADE BY- / C. G. CONN / ELKHART-IND.; stamped on body below socket and under G-sharp key: 5448; stamped on rib nearest head joint socket: H. Nickel-plated body and end cap. Ebonite head joint, index finger rest, and crutch, all with inlaid, mother-of-pearl dots. Sixteen nickel-plated keys. Closed G-sharp key; G trill key; B trill key; no B-flat lever. Total length, 26" (660 mm). W. Wayne Sorensen Collection, 1982.


NMM 3091.  Flute in C by C. G. Conn, Elkhart, ca. 1904

NMM 3091. Flute in C (high pitch) by C. G. Conn, Elkhart, ca. 1904. Serial no. 9146. Wonder line. Boehm system, closed hole, C foot. Two sections. Engraved on socket: -MADE BY - / C. G. CONN / ELKHART / -IND.-; stamped on body below socket and under G-sharp key: 9146; stamped on body on top rib: H. Nickel plated. Ebonite embouchure plate and index finger rest with inlaid, mother-of-pearl dots. Ebonite c and c-sharp rollers. Sixteen nickel-plated keys. Closed G-sharp key; G trill key; B trill key; no B-flat lever. Total length, 25-1/4" (640 mm). W. Wayne Sorensen Collection, 1982.


NMM 2649.  Flute in C by C. G. Conn, Elkhart, ca. 1906

NMM 2649. Flute in C (high pitch) by C. G. Conn, Elkhart, ca. 1906. Serial no. 10950. Wonder line. Boehm system, closed hole, C foot. Two sections. Engraved on socket: MADE BY / C. G. CONN / ELKHART / -IND.-; stamped on upper end of body: FACTORY 34; stamped on upper end of body and under G-sharp key: 10950; stamped under G-sharp key: H / 10950; stamped on body on top rib: H. Silver plated. Ebonite embouchure plate and index finger rest with inlaid, mother-of-pearl dots. Ebonite c and c-sharp rollers. Sixteen gold-plated keys. Closed G-sharp key; G trill key; B trill key; no B-flat lever. Total length, 25-1/4" (642 mm). Used by the University of North Dakota Military Band, Grand Forks, early 20th century. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 3058. Flute in E-flat (low pitch) by C. G. Conn, Elkhart, ca. 1914. Serial no. 34052. New Invention line. Boehm system, closed hole, C foot. Two sections. Stamped on upper end of body: [in oval cartouche] C. G. CONN / ELKHART / INDIANA; stamped on rib and under G-sharp key: 34052. African blackwood. Metal lined head joint. Sixteen silver-plated keys. Closed G-sharp key; G trill key; B trill key; no B-flat lever. Total length, 23-3/8" (595 mm). W. Wayne Sorensen Collection, 1982.


Flutes by C. G. Conn Ltd.

NMM 4708.  Flute in D-flat by C. G. Conn Ltd., Elkhart, ca. 1917

NMM 4708. Flute in D-flat (low pitch) by C. G. Conn Ltd., Elkhart, ca. 1917. Serial no. 44096. Improved Wonder line. Boehm system, closed hole, C foot. Two sections. Engraved on socket: -MADE BY- / C. G. Conn Ltd. / ELKHART / - IND. -.; stamped under G-sharp key: 44096 / D. L.; stamped on rib: 44096. Silver-plated. Ebonite head joint with gold-plated end cap and ferrules. Ebonite index finger rest and crutch, both with inlaid, mother-of-pearl dots. Ebonite rollers. Sixteen gold-plated keys. Open G-sharp key. Total length, 25-1/2" (647 mm). Arne B. Larson Estate, 1988.


NMM 4596. Flute in C (low pitch) by C. G. Conn Ltd., Elkhart, ca. 1920. Serial no. 62062. Wonder line. Boehm system, closed hole, C foot. Two sections. Engraved on socket: MADE BY / C. G. Conn Ltd. / ELKHART – IND.; stamped under G-sharp key: 62062 / CL; stamped on head joint and uppermost rib: 62062. Nickel plated. Ebonite lip plate with inlaid mother-of-pearl dot. Ebonite rollers. Sixteen nickel-plated keys. Open G-sharp key; G trill key. Total length, 26-5/8" (676 mm). Arne B. Larson Estate, 1988.


NMM 5310. Flute in D-flat (low pitch) by C. G. Conn Ltd., Elkhart, ca. 1924. Serial no. 133388. New Wonder model 14-O. Boehm system, closed hole, C foot. Two sections. Engraved on socket: MADE BY / C. G. Conn Ltd. / ELKHART-IND / USA, surrounded by two engraved, five-petal flowers and leaves; stamped on upper end of body: 14–0–133388–D.L.; stamped on head joint: 133388. Nickel-silver-plated ("Liberty Silver," a composition metal trademarked by Conn). Ebonite rollers. Fifteen nickel-silver keys. Closed G-sharp key. Total length, 25-1/2" (648 mm). Handwritten in ink, in case interior: Catherine Costello. Arne B. Larson Estate, 1988.


NMM 5309. Flute in C (low pitch) by C. G. Conn Ltd., Elkhart, ca. 1926. Serial no. 181176. New Wonder model 12-O. Boehm system, closed hole, C foot. Two sections. Engraved on socket: - MADE BY - / C. G. Conn Ltd. / ELKHART, IND. / - U. S. A. -; stamped on upper end of body: 12-0-181176–CL; stamped on head joint: 181176. Nickel-silver-plated ("Liberty Silver"). Ebonite rollers. Fifteen nickel-silver keys. Closed G-sharp key (note: Conn advertised the 12-O model as featuring an open G-sharp key; however, this example clearly has a closed G-sharp key). Total length, 26-1/2" (673 mm). Arne B. Larson Estate, 1988.


NMM 5311. Flute in C (low pitch) by C. G. Conn Ltd., Elkhart, ca. 1926. Serial no. 181278. New Wonder model 10-O. Boehm system, closed hole, C foot. Two sections. Engraved on socket: MADE – BY / C. G. Conn / Ltd. / ELKHART – IND. / U. S. A., surrounded by two engraved, five-petal flowers and leaves; stamped on upper end of body: 1O [sic] -181278-C-L; stamped on head-joint tenon: 181278; engraved on body: Arlington H. S. Silver-plated. Ebonite rollers. Fifteen silver-plated keys. Closed G-sharp key. Total length, 26-5/8" (676 mm). Used in the Arlington, South Dakota, High School Band. Arne B. Larson Estate, 1988.


NMM 4710.  Flute in C by C. G. Conn Ltd., Elkhart, ca. 1927

NMM 4710. Flute in C (low pitch) by C. G. Conn Ltd., Elkhart, ca. 1927. Serial no. 206192. New Wonder model 10-O. Boehm system, closed hole, C foot. Two sections. Engraved on socket: -MADE BY- / C. G. Conn Ltd. / ELKHART, IND. / -U. S. A.-; surrounded by an engraved, five-petal flower and leaves; stamped on upper end of body: 10-O-206192-CL; stamped on head-joint tenon and underneath G-sharp key: 206192. Nickel-silver-plated ("Liberty Silver"). Ebonite rollers. Fifteen nickel-silver keys. Closed G-sharp key. Total length, 26-5/8" (676 mm). Arne B. Larson Estate, 1988.


NMM 782. Flute in C (low pitch) by C. G. Conn Ltd., Elkhart, ca. 1955. Serial no. 541384. Director model 14-O. Boehm system, closed hole, C foot. Three sections. Stamped on head joint: [three marching men logo] / CONN / DIRECTOR / U. S. A.; stamped on body under C and C-sharp trill keys: 5441384. Silver-plated. Fifteen silver-plated keys. Closed G-sharp key. Total length, 26" (660 mm). Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


Piccolos by C. G. Conn

NMM 5348. Piccolo in E-flat (high pitch) by C. G. Conn, Elkhart and New York City, ca. 1899

NMM 5348. Piccolo in E-flat (high pitch) by C. G. Conn, Elkhart and New York City, ca. 1899. Serial no. 3888. Wonder line. Boehm system. Two sections. Engraved on body: MADE BY C. G. CONN / ELKHART, IND. / NEW YORK / USQMD; stamped on upper end of body: 3888. Nickel-plated ebonite body; ebonite head joint lined with metal. Twelve nickel-plated keys. Closed G-sharp key; no B-flat key. Total length, 11-7/8" (302 mm). Purchase funds gift of Marjorie Beatty, Vermillion, 1992.


NMM 5349. Piccolo in E-flat (high pitch and low pitch) by C. G. Conn, Elkhart, ca. 1907. Serial no. 12459. Wonder line. Boehm system. Two sections. Engraved on body: MADE BY / C. G. CONN / ELKHART / -IND- / [obliterated text, remnant suggests U.S.Q.M.C.]; stamped on upper end of body: 12459; stamped under G-sharp key: 12459 / Y. Silver-plated ebonite body; two ebonite head joints (one for high pitch, one for low pitch) lined with metal; African blackwood end caps. Twelve silver-plated keys. Closed G-sharp key; no B-flat key. Total lengths: 11-3/4" (298 mm) for low pitch; 11-7/8" (301 mm) for high pitch. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


Piccolos by C. G. Conn Ltd.

NMM 5312. Piccolo in D-flat (low pitch) by C. G. Conn Ltd., Elkhart, ca. 1917. Serial no. 42082. New Wonder line. Boehm system. Two sections. Engraved on socket: MADE BY / C. G. Conn Ltd. / ELKHART-IND.; stamped under G-sharp key: 42082 / D L; stamped on body on rib: 42082. Nickel-plated body. Metal-lined, ebonite head joint with nickel-plated end cap. Twelve nickel-plated keys. Closed G-sharp key; no B-flat lever. Total length, 12" (305 mm). Arne B. Larson Estate, 1988.


NMM 9943. Piccolo in D-flat (low pitch) by C. G. Conn Ltd., Elkhart, ca. 1919. Serial no. 55036. New Wonder line. Boehm system. Two sections. Engraved on socket: MADE BY / C. G. Conn Ltd. / ELKHART IND. / U. S. N.; stamped next to signature: 55036; stamped under G-sharp key: 55036 / D. L.; stamped on back of E-flat key: M. Nickel-silver body. Metal-lined, ebonite head joint. Twelve nickel-plated keys. Closed G-sharp key; no B-flat lever. Originally made for United States Navy Band. Played by Robert W. Young in Ohio University Marching Band, 1925-1929. Total length, 12" (305 mm). Gift of Robert W. Young, Escondido, California, 2000.


NMM 5524. Piccolo in D-flat (low pitch) by C. G. Conn Ltd., Elkhart, ca. 1919. Serial no. 55424. New Wonder line. Boehm system. Two sections. Stamped on body: [in oval cartouche] C. G. CONN / ELKHART / INDIANA; stamped under G-sharp key: 55424 / D. L. Grenadilla wood. Twelve nickel-plated keys. Closed G-sharp key; no B-flat lever. Total length, 12" (306 mm). Originally owned and played by Arne B. Larson's brother, Ole Casper Larson (Clyde C. Parlova), in the Hanska (Minnesota) Harmony Band. Arne B. Larson Estate, 1988.


NMM 4713. Piccolo in D-flat (low pitch) by C. G. Conn Ltd., Elkhart, ca. 1919. Serial no. 57172. New Wonder line. Boehm system. Two sections. Engraved on socket: MADE BY / C. G. Conn Ltd. / ELKHART, IND. / U. S. N.; stamped on head joint and upper end of body below socket: 57172; stamped under G-sharp key: 57172 D L. Silver-plated body. Metal-lined, ebonite head joint with silver-plated end cap. Twelve silver-plated keys. Closed G-sharp key; no B-flat lever. Originally made for United States Navy Band. Total length, 12" (305 mm). Arne B. Larson Estate, 1988.


NMM 4102. Piccolo in D-flat (low pitch) by C. G. Conn Ltd., Elkhart, ca. 1935. Serial no. 264243. New Wonder model 44-P. Boehm system. Two sections. Engraved on socket: C. G. CONN LTD. / ELKHART-IND. / U. S. A.; stamped on body: 44-P-264243-D-L. Silver-plated. Twelve silver-plated keys. Closed G-sharp key; no B-flat lever. Total length, 12" (304 mm). Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 4576.  Piccolo by C. G. Conn, Elkhart, ca. 1941

NMM 4576. Piccolo in D-flat (low pitch) by C. G. Conn Ltd., Elkhart, ca. 1941. Serial no. 302718. New Wonder model 44-P. Boehm system. Two sections. Engraved on socket: C. G. CONN LTD. / ELKHART – IND. / U. S. A.; stamped on body: 44–P–302718–D–L. Silver-plated. Twelve silver-plated keys. Closed G-sharp key; no B-flat lever. Total length, 12" (305 mm). Arne B. Larson Estate, 1988.

Lit.:  Stephanie Kocher, "Boehm's Very Good Idea," Flute Talk, Vol. 25, No. 5 (January 2006), p. 15.


Flutes by Pan American Band Instrument and Case Company
A Division of C. G. Conn Ltd.

NMM 5487. Flute in C (low pitch) by Pan American Band Instrument and Case Company, Elkhart, ca. 1930. Serial no. 2942. Boehm system, closed hole, C foot. Three sections. Engraved on socket: PAN-AMERICAN / ELKHART - IND. / U. S. A.; stamped below socket: 2942-C-L. Nickel-silver. Fifteen nickel-silver keys. Closed G-sharp key. Total length, 26-3/8" (670 mm). Arne B. Larson Estate, 1988.


NMM 4973. Flute in C (low pitch) by Pan American Band Instrument and Case Company, Elkhart, ca. 1930. Serial no. 3011. Boehm system, closed hole, C foot. Three sections. Engraved on socket: PAN-AMERICAN / ELKHART - IND. / U. S. A.; stamped below socket: 3011-C-L. Nickel-silver. Fifteen nickel-silver keys. Closed G-sharp key. Total length, 26-3/8" (670 mm). Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 5505. Flute in C (low pitch) by Pan American Band Instrument and Case Company, Elkhart, ca. 1930. Serial no. 3368. Boehm system, closed hole, C foot. Three sections. Engraved on socket: PAN-AMERICAN / ELKHART-IND. / U. S. A.; stamped below socket: 3368-C-L. Silver-plated. Fourteen silver-plated keys. Closed G-sharp key; no B-flat lever. Total length, 26-7/16" (671 mm). Arne B. Larson Estate, 1988.


Piccolos by Pan American Band Instrument and Case Company
A Division of C. G. Conn Ltd.

NMM 10633. Piccolo in D-flat (low pitch), attributed to Pan American Band Instrument and Case Company, Elkhart, ca. 1925-1929. Serial no. 2175. Model 38-P. Boehm system. Two sections. Engraved on socket: MADE IN / ELKHART-IND. / U. S. A.; stamped below socket: 38-P-2175-D-L. Nickel-silver. Twelve nickel-silver keys. Closed G-sharp key; no B-flat lever. Total length, 11-7/8" (302 mm). Arne B. Larson Estate, 1988.


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