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tenor recorder
  • Johannes Adler
    active: Germany
  • tenor recorder, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Germany
  • pear wood, varnish, metal, string, carving, staining, incising
  • Object Length/Diameter: a) 22 x 4.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: a) 8 11/16 x 1 3/4 in
    Object Length/Diameter: b) 30.5 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: b) 12 x 1 3/8 in
    Object Length/Diameter: c) 14.5 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: c) 5 11/16 x 1 15/16 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0545.a,b,c

The wooden recorder is in three parts. It is a glossy orange-brown.

2007.0545.a is the mouthpiece. It is nearly cylindrical, but wider and more bulbous at the mouthpiece end. The mouthpiece end is angled and there is a square whistle hole. The distal end has two raised and rounded ridges with three incised lines between.

2007.0545.b is the cylindrical middle segment with six fingerholes at irregular intervals and one thumbhole on the back. The "male" element at either end is wrapped with string to insert it into parts a and c.

2007.0545.c is the wooden foot segment with two rounded and raised ridges on the proximal end. It has a silver-colored metal key on the raised ridge. The distal end flares.