Dimensions of case: LOA: 15-5/8″; WOA: 5-1/4″; HOA: 2-1/4″
The small symbol on the top of the case for the flute is the symbol of the Charleston Hibernian Society.
INSCRIPTION: Engraved “THOMAS PARKER” on a silver nameplate affixed to the flute’s sliding head joint with three fasteners.
MARK: Stamped into the ivory above the silver nameplate: “1 / SIEGLING / CHARLESTON” and stamped with ink on the interior of case: “JOHN SIEGLING / CHARLESTON SC” surrounding a harp in a circular mark.
MAKER: John Siegling was born in 1792 in Erput, Prussia and died in Charleston, SC in 1828. He was listed among the aliens admitted to South Carolina in 1824; however he was advertising as a musical instrument maker in the city as early as 1819. His notice of 4 Feburary 1820 reads:
“T. SIEGLING, [sic]/ Musical Instrument Maker, (from London,) No. 53, corner of Broad/ and King-streets,/ HAS for sale, a most excellent BARREL ORGAN, of Astor’s warrented,/ having ten barrels, amongst which is one apiral, playing the chorus/ in Judas Maccabeus, and the chorus in the Messiah; likewise the/ most choice Sacred and Martial Music, with a variety of favourite [sic]/ Songs, Airs and Waltzes, of the best authors-finished in a suitable/ manner for an elegant drawing room./ ALSO,/ A variety of Harps, Piano Fortes, Violins, Flutes (from one to/ eight keys,) fifes, and other Musical Instruments and appendages:/ likewise, Haro, Guitar, Violin, and Bass Strings, and a rare selection of all kinds of Music, for sale./ All sorts of Musical Instruments tuned and repaired in the best manner, on reasonable terms.”
A later advertisement in the Charleston Courier offered “PIANo FORTES, the the latest improvements, and properly/ contructed for warm climates–Prices $235 to $450.” See MESDA Craftsman Database entry for John Siegling (Craftsman ID 35424); online: http://mesda.org/item/craftsman/siegling-john/35237/ (accessed 9 August 2017).