Flute used by Alton Augustus Adams Sr.

Manufactured by
Cundy-Bettoney Company, American, founded 1907
Subject of
Adams, Alton Augustus Sr., Danish West Indian American, 1889 - 1987
ca. 1915
On View
Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Museum MapsObjects in this Location
Musical Crossroads
metal, cork, padding
assembled: 1 11/16 × 26 3/8 × 1 1/2 in. (4.3 × 67 × 3.8 cm)
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.
Place made
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
Place used
Virgin Islands of the United States, United States, North and Central America
Musical Instruments
flutes (aerophones)
Band (Music)
Marching bands (Music)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Alton A. Adams, Jr. Trustee
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
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