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Historic Flutes

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Veriam Music Trust's Goulding and Co classical flute, England, Boston Collection (B005)

Goulding and Co, England

Boston Collection (B005)

Instrument: Flute

Maker: George Goulding & Co

Region: London, England

Era: Classical

Date(s): 1787-1800

Keys: 1

Stamp: Goulding & Co / London / 3

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 particular flute between 1787 and 1800. The company traded until 1834. Langwill notes Goulding was designated as ‘music-seller to the Prince and Princess of Wales’ (29).

Ref: (29) William Waterhouse, 'The New Langwill Index' (1993), p. 142

George Astor & Co, England

Boston Collection (B006)

Instrument: Flute

Maker: George Astor & Co

Region: London, England

Era: Classical

Date(s): 1784-1814

Keys: 4

Stamp: Gx Astor & Co / London / (unicorn head icon)

Veriam Music Trust's George Astor & Co classical flute, England, Boston Collection (B006)

Brothers George and John Astor founded their woodwind instrument workshop in London in C1778, which traded until 1831. George’s wife continued the business after his death in 1813. The ‘Gx Astor & Co’ stamp indicates this instrument was made between 1784 and 1814 (30).

John Astor moved to America in 1783, where, through various business ventures, he became one of the richest people to have lived in modern history. His great grandson famously died as the wealthiest person aboard the Titanic when it sank in 1912.

Ref: (30) William Waterhouse, 'The New Langwill Index' (1993), p. 12

Veriam Music Trust's C. Gerock classical flute, England, Boston Collection (B007)

C. Gerock, England

Boston Collection (B007)

Instrument: Flute

Maker: Christopher Gerock

Region: London, England

Era: Classical

Date(s): 1804-37

Keys: 1

Stamp: C. Gerock / London

Christopher Gerock started his woodwind instrument making workshop in London in 1805. The company traded until 1837, and from 1824-1827 was partnered with ‘Astor & Co’. Later Gerock partnered with Wolf and became ‘Gerock & Wolf’ (31).

Ref: (31) William Waterhouse, 'The New Langwill Index' (1993), p. 133

C. Gerock, England

Boston Collection (B008)

Instrument: Flute

Maker: Christopher Gerock

Region: London, England (76 Bishopsgate St)

Era: Classical

Date(s): 1805-23

Keys: 0

Stamp: C. Gerock / 76 / Bishopsgate St / London

Veriam Music Trust's C. Gerock classical flute, England, Boston Collection (B008)

Christopher Gerock started the woodwind instrument making workshop in London in 1805. The company traded until 1837, and from 1824-1827 was partnered with ‘Astor & Co’. Later Gerock partnered with Wolf and became ‘Gerock & Wolf’. Gerock’s address was at 76 Bishopsgate from 1805-1823 (32).

Ref: (32) William Waterhouse, 'The New Langwill Index' (1993), p. 133

Veriam Music Trust's Longman & Broderip classical flute, England, Boston Collection (B009)

Longman & Broderip, England

Boston Collection (B009)

Instrument: Flute

Maker(s): James Longman & Francis Broderip

Region: London, England (26 Cheapside)

Era: Classical

Date(s): 1776-98

Keys: 1

Stamp: Longman & Borderip / London

James Longman and Francis Broderip made many types of musical instruments in partnership with each other between 1776 and 1798. They were also very well-known sellers and publishers of music (rivals to John Preston - see D011).

 

The company went bankrupt in 1798, after which Longman partnered with Clementi, forming Longman Clementi & Co, between 1798 and 1801 (33).

Ref: (33) William Waterhouse, 'The New Langwill Index' (1993), p. 240