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6-string model. Back: vaulted and curved, of 11 concave strips of rosewood with narrow boxwood stringing between; ribs: at deepest part, 6 pieces of rosewood with boxwood stringing. Belly: flat, in pine, with fretwork rose of stained rosewood, with open hole in the centre; fixed bridge and endpiece in ebony. Inside: at least 2 cross-bars on belly; glued to the back are strips of paper stuck over at least 5 (visible) pieces of manuscript. Neck: inlaid, with ivory collar at an angle and ivory half-rings at the button. Fingerboard: 11 ivory frets. Head: rosewood, small, flat; 6 boxwood pegs with notched ends and a knob. Length 880, body 440, width 217/187/252, depth 67/84/63, strings 622, fingerboard 290

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  • Period:17th century
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  • Inscriptions:on pieces of ?16-17c manuscript glued inside; writing in various hands, some italic in Latin, some cursive (?Italian); among those words legible: Democritus, Anno, crederunt, informorum, vestrum, consolatio
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  • Repository:Royal Northern College of Music