Hill-Late Monzani & Co.
Stamp: (crown)/HILL-LATE/MONZANI & Co./28 REGENT ST./PICCADILLY/LONDON/3232 /(space)PATENT on midjoint, (crown)MONZANI & Co. on all other joints
Manufacture Date: Made c.1836 (Hallmark).
Hallmarks: Hallmarked 1836. British hallmarks include the date, via a letter code. In this case a new sequence has begun with the capital letter A, corresponding with the year 1836. Hallmarked with the grinning leopard (made in London between 1836 and 1855), the lion passant with forward gaze (sterling silver), William IV profile (duty paid), the date letter A (assayed in 1836 ), and the maker's mark H. H. (Henry Hill).
Comments: This is a very attractive flute. The wood, as is usual with Monzani instruments, is a fine dark cocus. The silver work is perhaps more lyrical than usual. The lipplate, which fully lines the inside of the blow hole, is one of the prettiest lipplates we have seen. This flute is a fine player, with all of the melodic brightness for which Monzani must surely have been famous. This was obviously a prize flute when it was built, in it's own modest sort of way (for an aristocrat). The tone has a regal richness which is very compelling, and transcends the usual Monzani intimacy. All in all, a very special flute.
Material: Cocus with silver keys and trim, inlaid silver lipplate.
System: 9-key, C foot. (extra Bb touch). Fully lined headjoint with tuning slide; foot and heart one piece.
Condition: Pinned crack through headjoint (embouchure safe) and barrel, hairline crack in midjoint socket, repaired shoulder on long F, unusual hairline crack down from E hole, small dent (dropped?) on bottom of foot; otherwise in very fine original condition, counting a bit of wear from use.
Pitch: Pitched to play from about A=440 to almost A =448.
Sounding Length: Sounding length 588(mm) compressed.
Case: With Monzani case of leather, wood and suede.