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Technical description: Soundboard of spruce, bookmatched. Unvarnished, but has been sealed. Bridge of ebony, rectangular with extended ends which curve towards the waist, with buttons of ebony with large mother-of-pearl centres at the ends. Separate ivory bridge saddle. Ebony bridge pins with mother-of-pearl eyes. Purfling around the edge of the soundboard of ebony with a herringbone mother-of-pearl and ebony design, with a thin ivory strip either side and an ebony strip inside. Soundhole 73mm diameter, with ebony edging and a herringbone pattern identical to the edge purfling surrounded by alternate ivory and ebony strips. Soundboard extends onto the neck, the fingerboard ending at fret9. Repaired split in soundboard between the bridge and the bottom. Back and sides of mahogany, the back veneered on a pine base, the sides not bookmatched. Ebony endpin, strip at bottom, and purfling between the back and sides. Heel and neck join in a sharp line, neck joins the head with a Vjoint. Heel, neck and head of black stained wood, possibly mahogany, although the head seen where it joins the neck is beech, with mahogany above the middle pair of tuning pegs to the top. Six ebony tuning pegs. Neck 43mm wide at nut, 57.5mm wide at body join. Nut of ebony. Fingerboard of ebony. 17frets, frets 10 and higher set into ebony strips and inlaid into the soundboard. Previous damage has resulted in neck movement, with fret12 moved, its current position is incorrect. Repair History: An added machine head has been removed to return head to original peg tuning.

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    Circa 1820
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    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:935