As I'm sure you know and I have mentioned variously, the "nach Meyer" type German flutes mostly/very commonly have significant numbers of these workshop numbering marks on them, on keys, under key-placings on the wood (like the photo you already have) and on end-grain of joints. I could probably rustle up quite a few examples.... but beyond mentioning them and showing samples of typical locations I'm not at all sure there's very much point....... I don't think they tell us very much, so beyond noting the practice and the forms it takes and what it seems to imply about working practices, I doubt there's much to learn from collecting a large corpus of them.
I'd like a representative sample. There are a few questions that occur to me such as:
- did the various flute making countries use the marks in the same way?
- what's the highest batch number we can find (ie how big a batch did they work in)?
- are they really Roman numerals? How come we have one marked //// and one ||V (neither of which is a valid Roman number)
So I think we should go on until a pattern emerges.
Terry McGee wrote:
I think I have updated the Liddle and Keymarks pages with your stuff, Jem, but you could give it a glance-over to be sure. I haven't got to the Metzler page yet....
Mostly done, I think, bar the non-"& Co." "Metzler London " for the Marques having Liddle keys flutes list on both the Liddle and Key Stamps pages.[/quote]
OK, I wasn't sure about how to interpret that, so see if I got it right now.
Very interesting if Liddle also made keys for Metzler pre-Metzler & Co. He was still working for Wood in 1845, well after Metzler became & Co. Also after D'Almaine.