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date: 26 February 2020

Berteling, Theodore locked

  • Robert E. Eliason


(b Germany, 1826 or 1827; d New York, 1889). American maker of flutes, clarinets, and oboes, of German birth. He began his career in Boston with E.G. Wright in 1849. During the next few years he worked successively with Graves & Co. and J. Lathrop Allen, setting up in business for himself in 1855. In 1857 he moved to New York City, where after his death his business was continued by his widow, Sophia, and her successors until 1915. Theodore was a member of the original Liederkranz Orchestra and of the Aschenbroedel Verein in New York.

In 1850 and 1856 Berteling’s instruments won silver medals in exhibitions of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association in Boston. He patented mechanical improvements to his flutes in 1868 (pat. no.76,389) and 1882 (pat. no.264,611). His flutes are made of wood but make extensive use of metal linings, metal reinforcement at joints, and metal coverings. A brass-lined piccolo (at ...

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