Five Flutes | Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection
  • DCM 0001 (Fife Fragment)
  • DCM 0010 (Gold Flute)
  • DCM 0011 (Glass Flute)
  • DCM 0079 (Transverse Flute)
  • DCM 0916 (Quantz Flute)
  • full flute thumb cradle attatched split key closeup mark keys closeup three flutes cover of The Flutist
     
    Full Flute Thumb Crutch Key Detail Mark Detail Key Detail "Three Glass Flutes,"
    by Claude Laurent.
    Left to right:
    Paris, 1813
    (Owned by President
    James Madison,
    DCM 0378);
    Paris, 1844
    (DCM 0011);
    Paris, 1811
    (DCM 0850).
    "Flutes of Glass,"
    The Flutist 6,
    no. 7 (July, 1925).

    DCM 0011
    (Glass Flute)

    In 1806, the Parisian woodwind instrument maker Claude Laurent obtained French patent number 382, "nouvelle fabrication des flūtes en cristal" ("a new [method of] making flutes from crystal"). His innovation did not claim any special qualities of sonority, but rather a greater ability than wood or ivory to resist problems caused by changes in humidity and temperature. Laurent's new design was also the first to employ all-metal sockets and a novel mechanical means of applying keywork. The Miller collection has eighteen glass flutes. It is curious that the first such instrument collected by Miller (DCM 0011) is the only glass flute Laurent ever made that features a version of the Boehm system. The reader is directed to Miller's article "Flutes of Glass," The Flutist 6, no. 7 (July 1925): 151.

  • DCM 0001 (Fife Fragment)
  • DCM 0010 (Gold Flute)
  • DCM 0011 (Glass Flute)
  • DCM 0079 (Transverse Flute)
  • DCM 0916 (Quantz Flute)

  • Five Flutes | Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection