Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • United States
  • fife, early to mid 1800s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, nickel silver, stamping
  • Object Length/Diameter: 38 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 14 15/16 x 3/4 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0622

This cylindrical wooden flute has slightly tapered ends. There are nickel silver bands at either end, each of which are stamped with a rope-like design at either side. It has six fingerholes. It is a very dark brown color.

This flute may have been played in the US Civil War.