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Discovery of Alfred Titchcombe's Flutina


Alfred Titchcombe as young man

The photo of Alfred Titchcombe (Titcomb?) shows the Flutina being played by Alf who came from Leomington Spa. It currently belongs to Hazel Wyatt (nee Haynes) from Hanney who is Alf's great granddaughter and it came into this area when it was inherited by Mrs. Bungay (nee Titchcombe) of Charney Bassett, Hazel's aunt.

The photos show Alf as an old and young man but Sem has pointed out that these pictures demonstrate improvements in the photographic process between the two dates. The earlier photo (left) shows that the 'fixing' process has not yet been fully understood and there is some fading of the image.

Alfred Titchcombe as old man


Sem Seaborne putting the Flutina through its paces
Sem Seaborne putting the Flutina through its paces

Detail of Flutina's bellows and keys
Detail of Flutina's bellows and keys

Flutina and case
Flutina and case

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Flutina played (479kB)

The flutina is played push/pull fashion like a melodeon with the tonic on the pull rather than the push as it was often played vertically. The outside row of right hand buttons plays a scale of A and the inside row consists of the chromatic notes in between. The left hand operates bass notes and chords A, E and B. The large spoon button you can see is the air button.


Bass section of Flutina
Bass section of Flutina
Alfred Tichcombe's name engraved on instrument
Alfred Tichcombe's name engraved on instrument

William Atkins' (previous owner) name engraved on instrument
William Atkins' (previous owner) name engraved on instrument
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