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lidded box for a flute, with key
  • United States
  • lidded box for a flute, with key, 1899
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, felt, metal, staining, carving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 33.5 x 14.5 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 13 3/16 x 5 11/16 x 2 3/4 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0101.a-e.RA01.a,b

Box carved from wood and stained dark brown. The corners are rounded and there is a metal handle, lock, two latching hooks, and two hinges. Inside, there are three long cavities carved into the top and bottom, to hold segments from a flute, as well as a round, metal lined cavity in the bottom for holding a humidifying disc. The interior is covered in orange and blue pieces of felt cut into diamond shapes. The exterior top and bottom are carved with a rectangular border and leaf designs, along with a curled banner in the center. On the top, the banner has the possible initials J.E.C. carved into it, and on the bottom, the banner has the year 1899 carved into it.