Geo Cloos Bb Rosewood Brass-Ferruled Fife

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Geo Cloos Bb Rosewood Brass-Ferruled Fife

George Cloos arrived in New York, at age 17, in 1851. According to the ship's
manifest, his training was as a "joiner," a talent used in the building of
wooden houses. Since the majority of new housing at the time was built of
brick, Cloos had to find another way to make his living. He somehow made the
jump from precision carpentry to musical instrument manufacturing. The George
Cloos Company produced primarily piccolos, flutes and clarinets, and later
fifes, in a shop in Brooklyn, NY from 1862 until 1946. Since part of this
period covers the latter part of the Civil War, it is barely possible that he
made some fifes that were used during that conflict. There is no evidence that
Cloos ever had a government contract to provide fifes. I have heard one claim
that a particular fife was a short-ferruled Cloos of Civil War vintage.

''Note that the finger holes are simple-system (uniform in size). Since
seamless, tapered ferrules began some time after 1869 and the varying finger
hole diameter Cloos began probably before 1888.


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