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Historic Flageolets

Goulding & Co, England

Boston Collection (B037)

Instrument: Single Flageolet
Maker: George Goulding & Co
Region: London, England
Era: Classical
Date(s): 1787-1800
Stamp: Goulding & Co / London

Veriam Music Trust's Goulding & Co classical flageolet, England, Boston Collection (B037)

Goulding & Co was started by George Goulding in C1787. Multiple partnerships throughout his woodwind instrument making career saw numerous iterations of the Goulding stamp, but ‘Goulding & Co’ was the first mark he used for his instruments. This iteration of the stamp places the making of this flageolet between 1787 and 1800. The company traded until 1834. Langwill notes Goulding was designated as ‘music-seller to the Prince and Princess of Wales’ (46).

Ref: (46) William Waterhouse, 'The New Langwill Index' (1993), p. 142

Veriam Music Trust's Simpson classical flageolet, England, Boston Collection (B038)

Instrument: Double Flageolet

Maker: John Simpson

Region: London, England (Regent Street)

Era: Romantic

Date(s): 1826-30

Stamp: Simpson / 260. Regent Street / Oxford Street / London / Patent

Simpson, England

Boston Collection (B038)

John Simpson was a student of William Bainbridge (Bainbridge invented the double flageolet inspired by Welsh musician John Parry), who went on to form his own company manufacturing woodwind instruments. The 260 Regent Street stamp indicates this flageolet was made between 1826 and 1830 (47).

Ref: (47) William Waterhouse, 'The New Langwill Index' (1993), p. 374

Simpson(?), England

Boston Collection (B040)

Instrument: Double Flageolet

Maker: John Simpson

Region: London, England (Regent Street)

Era: Romantic

Date(s): 1826-30

Stamp (partial): Simpson / 260. Regent Street / London / Patent

Veriam Music Trust's Simpson(?) classical flageolet, England, Boston Collection (B040)

John Simpson was a student of William Bainbridge (Bainbridge invented the double flageolet inspired by Welsh musician John Parry), who went on to form his own company manufacturing woodwind instruments. The 260 Regent Street stamp indicates this flageolet was made between 1826 and 1830 (47).

Ref: (47) William Waterhouse, 'The New Langwill Index' (1993), p. 374

Hastrick, England

Boston Collection (B039)

Instrument: Double Flageolet

Maker: Henry Hastrick (successor to Bainbridge)

Region: London, England (35 Holborn Hill)

Era: Romantic

Date(s): 1837-55

Stamp: Hastrick / Late / Bainbridge / Inventor / 35 / Holborn / Hill / London

Veriam Music Trust's Goulding & Co classical flageolet, England, Boston Collection (B037)

Henry Hastrick took over William Bainbridge’s woodwind manufacturing business in 1835. Bainbridge invented the double flageolet, inspired by Welsh musician John Parry, which this Hastrick is an example of. The stamp places the manufacture of this instrument between 1837 and 1855. Post & Staker took over the company C1855 (48).

Ref: (48) William Waterhouse, 'The New Langwill Index' (1993), p. 164

Veriam Music Trust's Hastrick classical flageolet, England, Boston Collection (B041)

Instrument: Double Flageolet

Maker: Henry Hastrick (successor to Bainbridge)

Region: London, England (35 Holborn Hill)

Era: Romantic

Date(s): 1837-55

Stamp: Hastrick / 35 / Holborn / Hill / London