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Catalog Number 11310-23
Title Flute, Wood; Flageolet; Animal
Object Name Flute
Description Flute or flageolet made of a straight section of red reddish colored wooden branch, cut, smoothed, cut lengthwise, pith removed except for one end, where it is carved into a mouth piece. The two pieces of the flute are connected using 4 strips of leathers. 6 holes are carved into the top of the flute. A rectangular hole is carved into the top and is covered with a wooden stop that is carved into an L shape and resembles an abstract animal figure. The stop is tied to the flute with a piece of leather. A piece of twine is tied to the flute, right below the mouth piece.
Date 19th c.
Year Range from 1801
Year Range to 1933
Culture North American Indian
Material wood, leather
Makers mark KEELING 66 BURNED INTO WOOD ONE END
Height (in) 2.125
Length (in) 21.5
Width (in) 1.25
People Keeling, William Henry
History Collected by Major William Henry Keeling. In 1855 Keeling surveyed the line between Kansas and Nebraska. He went to Texas in 1859. He also served with the U.S. Army during the Civil War. From 1862-1865 he served with the battalion that was General Sherman's bodyguard. In the late 1860s, he was stationed at western army posts, including Camp Cooke and Fort Leavenworth. During the 1880s he was the post trader at Fort Leavenworth.
Credit line William Henry Keeling, Falls City (Richardson), Nebraska
Collection Keeling, William Henry