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'Engraved on the back of the neck: Jacobus Henricus Goldt fecit Hamb.. On the fingerboard is inlaid an oval mother-of-pearl medallion engraved with a sun above two shields, one showing a whale blowing, the other containing the initials of the maker, all surrounded by the words Sconne und Shild. Gott der Heer ist .... Body of eleven rosewood ribs with ivory stringing between. Belly of pine carved with a rose. Fingerboard and back of neck have fine tortoisehell and ivory marquetry patterns of grotesques amid strapwork (Laub und Bandelwerk) and a small medallion of mother-of-pearl. The pegboxes are painted red inside, otherwise black. The main one has fourteen pegs, for two single courses, six double. The upper pegbox is or five double courses and has a semitone device, added later and now broken, with three ivory nuts which can be raised in slots against iron springs, for the first, third and fourth courses.' (Baines, Anthony. Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoira and Albert Museum - Part II. Non-keyboard instruments . London: V&A Publications, 1998, pp. 32-33.)

  • Date:
    1734 (made)
  • Maker:
    Goldt, Jacob Heinrich
  • Collection:
    Victoria and Albert Museum
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  • Materials:Neck veneered with engraved ivory, pine soundboard, rosewood with ivory stringing
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  • Inscriptions:'Jacobus Henricus Goldt fecit Hamburg 1734' Jacob Heinrich Goldt made [this lute] in Hamburg, 1734. 'Jacobus Heinrich Goldt fecit Hamb.' Jacob Heinrich made [this lute] in Hamburg 'Sconne und Shild. Gott der Heer ist.' Son and Shield. God is the Master.
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  • Repository:Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 127 cm total, Length: 63.5 cm body, Width: 37 cm, Length: 71.5 cm string, Length: 99.5 cm string, Length: 31 cm neck