This is the first of a short series of posts dealing with some of the more unusual things that I've come across in forty years of flute restoration.
This first example arrived in a group of flutes that I bought at auction in 2007. It was described as "a rosewood flute, unstamped with nine keys on wooden blocks". So far so normal. (except, of course, it was cocus...a very common auction house error)
A nine keyed flute is really nothing unusual. Very many keyed flutes have an extra touch to one key...very commonly a key for R1 ( first finger, which opens the Bb key from below.) Also common is another key for R1 which operates a trill key, often seen on German "nach Meyer" type flutes.
But when this flute arrived, this what I saw...