Stamp: Stamped? on headjoint and upper body: L. L./ LOUIS-LOT/ PARIS/ 1125. Footjoint unstamped. Note: no Brevet� stamp.
Marks: No marks visible under keys.
Manufacture Date: Made in 1867 (Giannini).
Hallmarks: No hallmarks.
Comments: This flute is a humbling joy to behold. This is the Stradivarius of flutes, in perfect original condition. Although the measurements seem to equal a scale at A=435, this flute has recently been used, and played in concert at A=440.
Material: Made of silver throughout, with white-steel springs. Original pad washers gilt. A recent overhaul has added a metal washer to the pad arrangement. Cork screw metal.
System: Louis Lot's model 5, silver flute with independent G#, C foot. No Bb or C trill key. "New foot", with large tone holes. Body holes appear to be uniform. Footjoint pinned, with obelisk.
Condition: This beautiful flute is minimally used, and practically unaltered from it's moment of birth. There are very few signs of wear. Some solder where the arms meet the rods on the right-hand keys suggests a repair at some time. This repair left the keys slightly misplaced, and should be corrected. I suspect that one spring (for the trill keys) has been replaced. There is some solder around the low C# tone hole. The headjoint appears to be absolutely original. The tenon is uncut, and the ring unmoved. The crown is perfect, and is beautifully built, with the bottom beading actually overlaying the headjoint tube. The embouchure is unaltered, and measures 11.91 x 10.1 mm.
Pitch: Appears to play at A=440, in spite of measuring out to a scale of A=435.
Sounding Length: Sounding length 604 mm.
Case: In original modestly worn case.