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'The back, sides and neck are entirely decorated with floral scrolls and feathered bands executed in marquetry of ebony and ivory. The sides are of nearly even depth. The pine belly has an ivory rose surround, as is the edge of the belly, with a band of ivory and ebony barber's-pole decoration. There are ten ivory hitch studs at the base of the body. The ivory loose bridge is of a fancy shape. The neck is shallow, of full width, with a wide fingerboard of which the end is shape in a symmetrical pattern as on English guitars. There are ten ivory frets and two shorter ones [also of ivory]. The head has a flat face for ten pegs inserted from the front. There are ivory, of bud-like shape. The finial is in the form of a putto's head. The instrument is strung with six courses, namely four double of steel and two single of brass, as on an English guitar'.Anthony Baines: Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard instruments. (London, 1998), p. 48

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  • Materials:Inlaid ivory and ebony veneered back and sides; planed pine soundboard, ebony fingerboard with ivory frets; turned ivory tuning pegs; carved ebony peghead finial
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  • Repository:Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 64 cm total, Length: 32 cm length of belly, Width: 29 cm, Depth: 6 cm, Length: 44.5 cm length of string