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Godfroy Flutes

Flutes by Frederic-Eleanor and Clair (Aine) Godfroy




  • Superb and original French flute from the workshop of Frederic-Eleanor Godfroy, circa 1850-1860. Five nickel keys, very good original condition, no tuning head, no cracks no damage. Nickel-silver mounts to the tenons and sockets. Embouchure measures 9.1 X 10.3, is original and un-altered. Sounding length (D foot) is 539 mm. Plays well at 435 pitch, with the head pushed all the way in. This is an unusually fine example without damage, sharp tenons. Appears to have been played very little since new. $2765










  • Clair Godfroy (Aine), circa 1840. Six silver keys show with the maker's stamp and French crab stamp for solid silver (.800 or better). Embouchure measures 9.1 x 10.9, is original and un-altered. Sounding length (D foot) is 540. Should play very well at 435 pitch. No cracks or damage to the head, top & bottom joints or foot, but with repaired (not quite invisible) harline expansion cracks to the tuning barrel. Unusual in that the stamps (on all the joints) "Godfroy / aine", no other stars or marks, no serial number. $3250.










  • Superb and original French flute from the workshop of Frederic-Eleanor Godfroy, circa 1850 1860. Five nickel keys, very good original condition, no tuning head, no cracks, no damage. Nickel-silver mounts to the tenons and sockets. Embouchure measures 9.1 X 10.3, is original and un-altered. Sounding length (D foot) is 539 mm. Plays well at 435 pitch, with the head pushed all the way in. This is an unusually fine example without damage, sharp tenons. Appears to have been played very little since new. $2765.










Other French Flutes

  • Good and original French flute from the workshop of Martin Freres, circa 1875 - 1900 (?). Four nickel keys, very good original condition, tuning head. Nickel-silver mounts to the tenons and sockets. Embouchure measures 9.2 X 10.5, is original and un-altered. Sounding length (D foot) is 526 mm. Seems to play best at 445 pitch, with the head pushed all the way in. Pull the head 6 - 7 mm and it plays well at 442. But it's not playable at 440, I'm afraid. The scale goes a bit goofy, esp. the low D / fourth line D. Appears to have been played very little since new. $945.










  • Interesting antique French one-keyed boxwood flute, circa 1830 1840 (?) , square brass key, horn (not ivory) mounts. Name is illegible, stamped lightly on the head joint. Total length is 628 mm. Sounding length is 545 mm. Foot is 95mm; lower center joint is 147 mm. upper center joint is 218 mm. Plays well at 435 pitch, with the head pushed all the way in. Embouchure appears to be original, measures 8.3 X 10.5. Interesting flute that plays well, regret to say we cannot identify the maker. Have a look at our photos and see if you can make out the name. $1345.










  • Superb conical flute, before 1830, ebony with ivory mounts, stamped on each joint "Baumann / a Paris". Five silver keys, hallmarked and stamped with maker's initials. The flute plays well (head all the way in) at 435 pitch, the embouchure measures 9.6 x 11.1 mm, is original and slightly oval. Sounding length is 541 mm, total length 613 mm. No cracks, tuning barrel, superb player. $XXX









  • Good boxwood flute from the French workshop of Jean Baptist Tabard, made in Lyon before 1848. Ivory mounts to the boxwood, five well-made silver keys, tuning barrel. Embouchure is original and measures 8.9 x 10.3 mm. Small crack to the head socket. Sounding length is 536 mm. Plays very well at A = 440 pitch, with head section all the way in. Good original example, showing high quality worksmanship. $2150.









Cylindrical French Flutes

  • Rare solid silver flute from Buffet-Crampon (Paris), number 1074. Head is stamped "Buffet/Crampon & Cie/Paris/made in/France/LP". Foot stamp reads "Buffet/Crampon & Cie/made in/France LP". Keywork is typical "plateau" with offset G and range to low C. Tone holes are soldered and all pad washers are original. Head section is of seamed silver construction, but the seam is not visible on the body or foot sections. Embouchure measures 10.3 X 11.8 mm, is quite square. Current sounding length is 598/599, probably was originally 3 or 4 mm longer. French hallmarks for solid silver are stamped on all key pieces, on the center and foot sections. Also stamped with the initials of Paul Goumas, majority owner of the Buffet-Crampon firm between 1859 and 1885. The tube thickness measures at .012 inches. Pads and corks are new from our shop in Wichita. $XXXX.











  • Buffet Crampon. Dark rosewood cylindrical flute, made in Paris in 1901, serial number P180L. French (open) keywork to low C, all keys marked with the French hallmark for sterling silver. Original case. Embouchure measures 10.6 X 12.3 mm. Sounding length is 605-606 mm: (A=435). An ancient crack to the head socket has been repaired with four carbon-fiber flush-bands. Mostly known for high quality clarinets, Buffet also produced fine flutes between1840 and 1920. $3500.











  • Vintage flute from the Robert Siour (Paris) workshop, made between 1917 and 1927, stamped "Siour / Chapelain / Paris" on the head, "23" on the head, body and foot. Silver-plated over nickel alloy. The sounding lenth is 598 mm, the embouchure is original and measures 10.1 X 12.2 mm. All pad spuds and washers are original. Never "re-tuned," new with new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Plateau keywork, range to low C, offset G. According to the "New Langwill", Robert Siour acquired the Ferndand Chapelain firm in 1917, a decade later became part of a partnership with Beaugnier. Chapelain's workshop was founded in1890, claimed to be the successor to Godfroy aine and the Godfroy family, makers of superb flutes between 1814 and 1888. The tone color is sweet and civilized, not unlike that of Louis Lot flutes of the early twentieth century. $1350.











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