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Flute made for Blind Tom by William R. Meinell with original instrument case

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Created by
Meinell, William R., American
Used by
Wiggins, Thomas Greene, American, 1849 - 1908
Medium
2014.138.1a-f: silver, ebony, gold, and cork
2014.138.2: leather, velvet, wood, and metal
Type
flutes (aerophones)
Place made
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date
1879-1884
Description
A silver flute with two head joints, one silver and one ebony, made for the performer "Blind Tom" by William R. Meinell of New York. The flute is housed in the original instrument case.
Topic
African American
Child musicians
Music
Slavery
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2014.138
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Classification
Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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