A silver flute in three parts used by Alton Augustus Adams Sr. The head joint (2014.263.1.1a) has a lip plate with an embouchure hole near the crown of the flute. The other end of the piece is open. A removable silver cap (2014.263.1.1d) can be placed over the opened end. The flute body (2014.263.1.1b) has raised ribs on one side where the head joint slides into to it. Inscribed on this end is [ALTON A ADAMS / (logo for H. BETTONEY / BOSTON) / BANDMASTER / ST. THOMAS V. I. or U.S. / 5 512 / PAT. SEPT. 14. 1915]. Keys are on one side of the body. A removable silver barrel (2014.263.1.1e) can be placed over this end of the flute. The foot joint (2014.263.1.1c) of the flute has raised ribs where it attaches to the body. Keys are on one side of the foot joint.
A tri-fold booklet holding Alton Augustus Adam’s Continuous Service Records from 1917-1945. The notebook has five interior pages that are off-white with black type. The pages are divided by titled columns at the top, with fill-in-the-blank squares below. The pages are filled in with typed and handwritten text throughout. Each page is filled out on the front and back. The pages are fastened on the left with two metal clasps. The clasps are bent over on the interior with button ends on the exterior. The cover is cardboard covered with a green fabric. The cover folds with the pages. Glued to the inside in the back is an off-white paper with black type. This paper is titled “INSTRUCTIONS / BUREAU OF NAVIGATION / NAVY DEPARTMENT / May 9, 1921.” There is also a round edged tab above the instructions page, with an off-white sticker, and black ink hand writing, reading “Alton A. Adams / 67782” at center.