Courtesy of the Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection
Library of Congress, Music Division, Washington , D.C. 20540

Walter Crosby

Place of business: Boston, Mass

Note: This is an original Crosby fife made by Walter Crosby of Boston.  This is not a Cloos/Crosby or a Crosby style fife.  The original Crosby fifes are very different from the copies!

Dates of business: Circa 1830-1872*

*Per Langwill

This fife is marked: W. Crosby/Boston


Length of Instrument: 17 1/2

Wood: Appears to be Black Ebony

Key of Instrument: Bb

Finger Holes: Different sizes

Note: Finger holes are of different sizes that are referred to as the "Crosby Pattern".

The spacing on the holes is as follows: Not measured

Swell: Not measured

Diameter: Not measured

Ferrules: Silver/seamed

Note: Engraved on top ferrule, A.C. Smith / C.R.G