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Swedish theorbo

"Asymmetrical body with straight sides and an arched back consisiting of ribs of birchwood. The pine belly has an inserted rose carved in boxwood. The bridge is glued well to the bass side of the belly and has fifteen holes for strings, equally spaced. The neck, rising from towards the treble side of the body, has an ebony fingerboard with nine brass frets and there are seven ebony frets glued to the belly. There are three holes in the neck for attaching a capotasto". - Anthony Baines, Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard instruments (London, 1998), p. 36.

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    1795 - 1810 (Made)
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    Victoria and Albert Museum
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  • Materials:Planed and joined pine belly; joined and planed birch wood back and sides; carved boxwood rosette; planed ebony fingerboard with brass frets; planed ebony frets (on soundboard)
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  • Repository:Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 100 cm total length, Length: 50 cm Length of body, Length: 76 cm maxiumu string length, Length: 58 cm minimum string length, Width: 36 cm