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'Vaulted back of eighteen ribs [of rosewood?] with intervening ivory stringing. The sides are similarly built but the stringing of sides and backs does not meet correctly. Belly of two pieces of pine with a slight bend inwards in the lower part, rather roughly executed. A complex wood and paper rose surrounded by chequered decoration of ivory and ebony inlay. The fixed bridge, with grooves for strings which pass over it, replaces an earlier bridge. There are five hitch nails at the base of the body for attachment of the strings. The neck has eleven ivory frets topped with brass, and an extra fret has been added on the belly. The head, later than the body, has fourteen small pegs, for five courses of wire strings, the first double, the rest triple.' Anthony Baines, Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard instruments (London, 1998), p. 59.

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  • Materials:wooden [rosewood?] ribs with ivory stringing on back and sides; pine soundboard with ebony and ivory inlay to surround of rose; wood and paper rose.
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  • Repository:Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 89 cm total length, Length: 44 cm body, Depth: 10 cm maximum, Width: 19.5 cm width of upper bout, Width: 17.5 cm width of middle bout, Width: 24.5 cm width of lower bout