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date: 14 November 2019

Boie familylocked

  • Niall O’Loughlin


German family of woodwind instrument makers. Johann Friedrich Boie (b ?Göttingen, Germany, 1762, bap. Stolzenau, Germany, Dec 10, 1762; d Göttingen, Germany, April 22, 1809). When civic rights of Göttingen were conferred on him on 28 October 1789, the year of his marriage, he was described as a ‘musicus’ and instrument maker. In 1794 Boie advertised ‘Terz-’ and ‘Octave-Flöten’, oboes, clarinets, and bassoons, as well as flutes made after the ‘masterpieces’ of Grenser in Dresden and Potter in London, the latter incorporating ‘the invention of the Englishman Tacet, whereby the holes lined with silver are closed with a pewter plug’. The invention was patented in 1785 by Richard Potter, who made flutes for the flutist Joseph Tacet. Boie’s surviving instruments, flutes (including a three-key piccolo), and clarinets display excellent craftsmanship. They have widely differing specifications. The flutes are made of boxwood or ebony with horn or ivory rings and one to eight brass or silver-plated keys. Surviving clarinets range from a six-key example in B♭ to an elaborate 12-key instrument in A. His mark includes the fleur-de-lis. His sons Carl Christoph (...

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