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Belly of two pieces of pine with purfling of two lines black and one light; the varnish is not original. Back of two pieces of sycamore. The neck is later, following modern practice. The head is by Stradivari, though (according to W. Henley, Antonio Stradivari) from another violin. Anthony Baines, Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard instruments. (London, 1998), p. 16.

  • Date:
    1699 (made)
  • Maker:
    Stradivari, Antonio [Person]
  • Collection:
    Victoria and Albert Museum
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  • Materials:Varnished sycamore back and varnished pine soundboard with purfled (bodered) edges; ebony tailpiece and tuning pegs
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  • Inscriptions:Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis/ Faciebat Anno 1699 [followed by a circle containing a cross and the initial AS] Antonio Stradivari of Cremona made this in 1699
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  • Repository:Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 59 cm total, Length: 34 cm body, Depth: 3.5 cm, Width: 20.5 cm maximum