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English guitar

"A small-sized instrument of the usual pear-shaped model. One-piece back of sycamore. Belly with inked purfling lines and a rather simple carved rose. The curved ebony fingerboard has twelve brass frets and three capotasto holes. The pegbox is for the normal six courses and has a square finial with a star pattern of ebony, ivory and a dark browb wood." - Anthony Baines: Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard instruments (London, 1998), p. 49.

  • Date:
    1759 (Made)
  • Maker:
    Dickinson, Edward
  • Collection:
    Victoria and Albert Museum
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  • Materials:Planed and joined sycamore back and sides; planed and joined pine soundboard, purfled (bordered) in ink; ebony and ivory inlaid rose; ebony fingerboard with brass frets; inlaid ebony and ivory finial.
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  • Inscriptions:Edward Dickinson/ Maker/ 1759, with crowned harp.
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  • Repository:Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 67 cm Length total, Length: 29 cm Length of body, Length: 40 cm String length, Width: 27 cm, Depth: 6.7 cm