Recorder, treble (alto), boxwood / silver, maker unknown, England, c1900.
Boxwood recorder or old English flute in Key of 'F'. Light coloured wooden recorder in three parts, head joint (-1), middle joint (-2) and foot joint (-3). The head joint has a shaped mouth piece with a flat rectangular mouth hole and a darker wood in the tongue of the cutaway section, at the front there is a chiselled square sound hole under the mouth piece, at the join there is a 6mm silver collar. The middle join has a slight taper to the shaft and the joints top and bottom are bound in red waxed thread, 6 uncovered finger holes at the front, 3 and 5 are out of alignment, and one uncovered thumb hole at the back. The foot joint has a 6mm silver collar at the join and a single uncovered finger hole placed on the wide band of wood left around the middle of the foot joint, flared bell with a chip in the wood at the back.
Stamped on the front of head joint, centrally just above the collar, "ALT F"
Stamped on middle joint with the makers mark centre front above the first hole '(illeg) & Co'