Rudall Carte & Co Ltd
Stamp: Engraved on barrel: (stylized crown) / (script) Rudall, Carte & Co Ltd / (script) London / 8822
Manufacture Date: This lovely solid silver Alto flute is hallmarked for silver purity on the tube and the keys. The English hallmarks include a date, in this case the lower case "h", which is the date mark for 1963.
Hallmarks: Hallmarked with the little "h" of the year 1963.
Comments: We do not often see alto flutes here (the last one was by Th. Boehm), yet they are a great pleasure. This instrument is a delight to behold, and shows that great skill and good taste remained at Carte's.
Material: This is a silver Alto flute from the great English alto-flutemaker Henry Green of Rudall and Carte (per Bigio). The attractive and well made silver mechanism shows great skill remaining at Carte's well into the 1960's.
System: The right hand mechanism is similar to the standard "hanging T" and "back clutch" in use for the C flutes. The left hand, on the other hand, is a brilliant, ingenious, and for the most part tasteful rendition of the artform. My favorite key is the Bb thumb mechanism. This runs down the flute on the same axle as the thumb B, drops down a tail which rests on a seesaw clutch, by which it raises the arm of the B axle! The tube is .019", and the tone holes are drawn and rolled.
Condition: This very attractive flute is in excellent original condition. Although there is a lot to look at, I see no signs of repair or alteration.
Pitch: Pitched at A=440.
Sounding Length: Sounding length 794 mm.
Weight: 765 g.
Case: In original case, marked: RUDALL, CARTE & CO. LTD. 20, ROMILLY STREET, LONDON, W.1.