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Bow for violoncello or viola da gamba.

Technical description: The round, fluted, slightly concave (almost straight), ironwood bow ends in a swan head with a T-mortise. The fluting is 419mm long, beginning 103mm from the end of the button. The open, screw-mechanism, sloped ironwood frog matches the stick. The frog has a metal screw eye. The ivory button is cylindrical with a finial, and lines instead of rims at both ends.Weight: 63.Hair length: 597.Balance point: 272.5.Head height: 21.8.Head width: 10.3.Face length: 33.1.Tip diameter: 6.9.Frog diameter: 10.1.Nipple range: 2.5 to 2.6.Period of oscillation: 1.35.Distance from pivot to tail: 80.0.Button length: 19.7.Ferrule width: 10.3.Frog + stick height: 33.9.Frog top length: 46.5.

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    Mid 18thcentury, the stick possible earlier
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    University of Edinburgh
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  • Repository:University of Edinburgh
  • Measurements:716