Flute

Flute fesswise (Accepted)

Flute fesswise (Accepted)

A flute is a musical instrument consisting of a long slender tube with a mouth hole and six finger holes.  It’s played by blowing transversely across the mouth hole; it is thus also blazoned a “transverse flute”.

This type of flute was popularized in 16th Century German texts, notably Agricola’s Musica instrumentalis deudsch, 1528, and is sometimes called a “German flute” for that reason; but the type was common throughout period Europe and Asia.  The flute was mentioned as an heraldic charge by Guillim, 1610 [225], though unattributed.

There were other types of flutes which, instead of transverse blowing holes, had fipple mouthpieces (as did the recorder), but the unqualified term “flute” is a transverse flute by Society default.  The flute is shown affronty by default, with the finger holes towards the viewer; it does not seem to have a default orientation.  The illustration shows a flute fesswise.

Morwenna of Oystermouth bears:  Purpure, a flute fesswise Or.

Valia the Goth bears:  Sable, three flutes palewise argent.

Rodolphus Amadeus Gilberti bears:  Argent, a wooden flute bendwise proper garnished Or.

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