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Technical description: Bookmatched soundboard of spruce, of generally good quality. Soundhole 74mm diameter. Decoration around the soundhole consists of ebony and ivory bands, having an ebony strip surrounding the soundhole itself, and then thin bands of ivory/ebony/ivory, then a wide band of ebony, made from five strips glued together, then a band of ivory forming the centre of the purfling, the wide ebony/ivory/ebony/ivory then wide ebony edging mirroring the strings inside the ivory centre strip. The edging around the soundboard is similar to that around the soundhole, having an ebony corner strip, approximately twice the normal strip thickness, with an ebony strip adjoining it, then strips of ivory/ebony/ivory, two strips of ebony, ivory/ebony/ivory, and a slightly wider strip of ebony on the inside next to the soundboard wood. The bridge is of ebony, the bottom side in the shape of a cycloid, with the point formed by a concave section at either side of the strings on the upper side. Ebony dots with mother-of-pearl inlaid eyes at the end of the points. Saddle of iron. Six ebony bridge pins with mother-of-pearl eyes. Back and sides of figured maple of excellent quality. Sides bookmatched, separated by a tapered ebony piece at the bottom, 19.5mm wide at the soundboard, 2mm wide at the back. Ebony endpin with mother-of-pearl eye. The back is of one piece, solid construction, the figure going slightly down from the bass to the treble. Ebony edging between the sides and back. Ebonised heel and neck, with sharp joint between the two. The material of the heel is probably maple, and the neck is probably beech. Width of neck 44.7mm at nut, 58.9mm at heel. Figure-of-eight head of beech, veneered on the top and bottom with ebony. V-joint between the neck and head. Six friction tuning pegs of ebony with mother-of-pearl eyes. Ebony fingerboard, raised above and glued to the soundboard. Ebony nut. 17 metal frets. Repair History: Several areas of damage on the bass side lower bout have been repaired in the 20thcentury using an epoxy resin. The bridge has been reglued to the soundboard with the same glue.

  • Date:
    Circa 1830
  • Maker:
    le Jeune, Blaise
  • Collection:
    University of Edinburgh
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  • Hornbostel-Sachs classification:321.322-5
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  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:321.322-5
  • Repository:University of Edinburgh
  • Measurements:937