H. Bettoney Sterling Silver Flute
This lovely solid sterling flute was made by H. Bettoney.
It has drawn toneholes with no roll on the rim.
The flute head and foot are both marked “M39” on one side and “STERLING” on the other side, both right above the tenon.
The top of the body of this flute, particularly on the receiver into which the head is inserted, is marked: “H. BETTONEY, BOSTON” And in cursive, “”CBCo”, all in an oval cartouche. I assume “CBCo” refers to Cundy-Bettoney Co.
Above the cartouche is a stylized lyre and below the cartouche is “USA”
Below the “USA”, in a different typeface, with serifs, is “U.S.” I am guessing that this last “U.S.” indicates that this was used in a military band and was added later than all the rest of the engraving.
And finally, the top of the body is stamped “STERLING” and “C”
As to the “M39” on the head and foot. I have yet to discover if that is a serial number or model number or something entirely different.
This flute as been disassembled and polished. Pads and corks replaced as necessary.
Okay, I just found some information…at the bottom of the webpage from goforjoe.bygones.biz website shows a similar flute marked “M33”:
This corroborates it was military issue.
If you have information about this flute, I would love to hear from you.
And if you are local to Madison, WI and care to test play it or look at it in person, by all means, stop by.