Djalma Julliot (Mignolet)

1901 /Djalma Juliet / La Coutre-Boussey (Eure) / Brevette / S.G.O.G./ J. Mignolet / Denver Colo. / Gen. Agt. US - serial 377 Silver Boehm flute. This is a very interesting flute which needs quite a bit more research and some restoration. Julien’s business dates were 1890-1925. He was a serious innovator with the silver flute using a lengthened tenon for the foot joint on most of his flutes and various special keys, fancy hand bracing, etc. This flute has a number of special features. It is also signed by J. Mignolet (1853-1935) of Denver Colorado and includes his patented G# mechanism which Julliot and some other makers used. The Dayton C. Miller collection also has a Julliot flute modified(?) by Mignolet and one of Mignolet’s own flutes. The collection also has interesting correspondence between Miller and Mignolet. He was evidently both a Belgiun consul, a flute maker and player, and “agent généreal” for Julliot in the US. Thus the marking “Gen Agt. US” on the flute.  Julliot was the preferred maker of Paul Taffadnel. One can download Mignolet’s patent here (I have not studied how closely this mechanism matches the patent)

The flute is playable but needs work to function fully. Pitch seems around 440 pushed in. It will probably play either at 435 or 440. The fact that it was sent specifically to the US might account for the A=440 pitch. Condition is quite excellent. I’m not totally sure if it all silver but there is a hallmark on at least one key.

This flute also has a very beautiful original walnut case. Because of the lengthened tenon Julliot's flutes don’t fit a standard case. This case is particularly nice.

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