Two archives where the Humanatone is advertised as « Magic Flute »:
Where the story got tricky, is when, on one hand, a « Magic Nose Flute » appeared in the Ellisdon catalogue (UK) with the mention « British make » (check here), and on the other hand, **the** Australian nose flute was branded... « Magic Flute » (this post).
Let's say right now that whether we don't formally know (no evidences), we assume that the brand « Magic Flute » was registered by the Humanatone Co. only for United States, where it was solely produced and sold (Maybe the Stivers' nose flute is directly at the origin of the British « Humanaphone », but that's another story).
We recently found a beautiful nickel plated and boxed sample of an early Australian « Magic Flute », which made us understand there was no objective link between the US Humanatone and the Aussie nose flute.
Now, the comparison between the Magic Flute and the Humanatone shows similarities, but also differences. The main one is the width of the nose saddle collar, which is enough to prove the Magic Flute was not formed on the Humanatone template. It may have been copied from it (more than likely), but it was not a « Humanatone Australian make ». Indeed, as we'll see later, the Magic Flute was probably made in... Germany!
Let's guess that the version of « Home Sweet Home » mentioned on the box is this Australian version!
Oh.. and there were different models... Look what picture I found on the net (I would kill for it!!):
And last, but not least (and maybe the most interesting part on an historic purpose), the Magic Flute I acquired was provided with its papers! But you'll have to wait for Part II to discover them :)
>> Access Part II
Related links :
- The Australian Magic Flute - Part I
- The Australian Magic Flute - Part II
- The Australian Magic Flute - Part III
- The Australian Magic Flute - Part IV
- The Australian Magic Flute - Part V
- The Australian Magic Flute - Part VI
- The Australian Magic Flute - Part VII