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Flutes by Scherer and Hallet

NNM 3589.  Flute by Georg Henrich Scherer, ca. 1750 NNM 1291.  Flute by Benjamin Hallet, ca. 1740-1750

Left:  NNM 3589. Flute by Georg Henrich Scherer, Butzbach, Hesse, ca. 1750. Conical. Four sections. Stamped on all sections: [four stitches] / SCHERER / [lion rampant of Hesse]. Ivory, tortoise-shell and horn mounts. One closed, gold key: D-sharp. Lowest note d'. Total length (shortened), 587.6 mm. Sounding length (currently), 518.9 mm. Ex coll: F. J. Giesbert, Neuwied am Rhein. Rawlins Fund, 1985.

Georg Henrich Scherer (1703-1778), the son of Johannes Scherer, Jr. (1664-1722), worked in Butzbach, Hesse, ca. 1741-1778.

Right:  NNM 1291. Flute by Benjamin Hallet, London, ca. 1740-1750. Conical. Four sections. Stamped on head and upper section: BENJAMIN / HALLET. Ivory, unmounted. One closed, silver key: D-sharp. Total length, 587.4 mm. Sounding length, 534.3 mm. Ex coll.: Alec Hodsdon, Lavenham, England. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

Benjamin Hallet (baptized 1713-died after 1753), who may have apprenticed with the flute-maker, J. J. Schuchart, was making his own instruments in London by about 1740.

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