Rudall, Rose & Carte Flute, ca. 1858
Appraised Value: $3,500
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Appraisal Video: (2:57)
Vintage Instruments, Inc.
GUEST: It's been in my family as long as I can remember. Um, as a child we've heard the story that it belonged to Reverend Thomas A. Cook, and it was supposedly given to him by his father, Captain James Cook. I believe he was, um, born in the early 18th century, and died sometime in the mid-, late 18th century.
APPRAISER: Okay, this is a Rudall Rose flute. Actually, at this particular time in this company's life, it was called Rudall, Rose and Carte. These were the most important flute makers in London in the first half of the 19th century, not 18th century. Uh, Rudall first joined up with Mr. Rose in 1821, and that association lasted until 1852 when they joined up with Mr. Carte. And from the address, which we can see right here-- 20 Charing Cross-- I know that they weren't at that address until a little bit later on, so I date this flute about 1858. And everybody was copying Rudall Rose flutes at the time, so this company decided to put a guarantee label on all of their flute lids. "Rudall and Rose, having discovered that flutes are often for sale bearing their names and addresses, which have not been made by them, are determined to guard the public against such imposition by not sending out, in future, any flute from their manufacturer without this notice affixed to the top of the case." And signed by Rudall, Rose and Carte with their serial number. And this is a flute made of cocus wood with silver key work, and they call these silver keys salt-spoon keys for an obvious reason. They look just like silver salt spoons. And I'm going to put it together. Unfortunately, right now, all this string is coming loose, so it's not going to hold together very well. But there's the flute, how it would look all put together. We have to line these up a bit. These flutes are considered by the Irish flute players of today to be the quintessential Irish flute. If you hear any of the most famous Irish players, they are playing on Rudall Rose flutes, and in this case Rudall, Rose and Carte. And they like them because the size of the tone holes, they're rather large, and it's a large mouth hole, or embouchure hole, and they put out a huge sound. Well, these days there are many copyists still making Rudall Rose style flutes. And I would say to reproduce this flute by a modern maker would probably cost about $3,500 today. Strangely, the original instrument is only worth about $3,500, and that's the value when this gets overhauled, which means the cracks filled properly, new pads put into the salt-spoon keys, and a nice cleaning. And it's going to have a huge sound. It's going to be the flute that every Irish flute player dreams of.
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