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'Belly of two pieces of pine, back of two pieces of sycamore. Inlaid purfling of two black lines and one light. The body has been altered from its original shape. The later neck shows much use, and the pegholes have twice been plugged and redrilled' - Anthony Baines: Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard instruments (London, 1998), p. 19.

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    1700-1800 (Made)
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    Victoria and Albert Museum
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  • Materials:Sawed and planed back of sycamore; planed and purfled (bordered) belly of pine.
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  • Inscriptions:Antonius Stradivarius Cremoneniis [sic] Faciebat Anno 1[7]11 Antonio Stradivario of Cremona made this in 1711
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  • Repository:Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 124.5 cm total length, Length: 75 cm length of belly, Width: 34.5 cm width of upper bout, Width: 23 cm Width of central bout, Width: 44.5 cm width of lower bout, Depth: 30.5 cm, Length: 143 cm string length