Sauerhering Ebony and Silver Flute – Made in Germany
This is a well-crafted wood and silver flute. It was made in Magdeburg, Germany. The maker’s name was Sauerhering.
The flute has these numbers on it: “1938” and “973”. It is not too great a leap to assume it was made in 1938 and the serial number is 973. Not surprisingly, the town of Magdeburg seems to have had other instrument makers dwelling there.
Additionally, the flute has “l./Flakrgt. 14 L./scheid Nr. 32” stamped on it. Not sure if I will figure out anything of what that means, but after poking around the internet for a half hour or so, the closest I came is that “Flakrgt. 14” might be an abbreviation for “Flak Regiment 14” If so, it may have been used by a German soldier? Just guessing….
Looking at the foot of the flute, it is missing a metal ring at the bottom of the foot. There is a symbol imprinted there. Looks like a treble clef with some enhancements.
I have completed the majority of mechanical work and cleaning/polishing on this flute. It still needs a full or partial repad which will cost around $150. The price listed is before the repad.
The case is in moderately poor condition.