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"Flat back of a single piece of sycamore, and sides, narrowing towards the base, of the same. Belly of two pieces of pine, with intricate sunk rose of carved wood and parchment. The thick neck is of full width and carries a scalloped fingerboard with eighteen brass frets. The theorbo-like upper pegbox is surmounted with a carved lion's head with red-painted tongue, probably taken from another instrument. The main pegbox is for four double courses of wire, and the upper for nine single basses, these last running down to long brass hooks attached to the base of the body.' - Anthony Baines:Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard instruments (London, 1998), pp. 46-47.

  • Date:
    1766 (Made)
  • Maker:
    Kram, Andreas Ernst
  • Collection:
    Victoria and Albert Museum
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  • Materials:Planed sycamore back and sides, carved and planed sycamore neck, carved and planed pine soundboard, brass frets.
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  • Inscriptions:Andreas Ernst Kram/ in Nürnberg/ anno 1766 Andreas Ernst Kram in Nuremberg, in the year 1766
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  • Repository:Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 78 cm length total, Length: 43 cm maximum string length, Length: 25 cm Minimum string length, Width: 28 cm, Depth: 7.5 cm depth at neck, Depth: 4.4 cm depth at base