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Body composed of 15 alternating ribs of stained sycamore. The belly is made from a single piece of pine, with a kidney-shaped sound-hole, decorated around the edge with ebony inlaid with mother-of-pearl. The outer edge of the belly is decorated in a similar manner, with inlaid mother-of-pearl. The protective plate below the sound-hole is of ebony. The fingerboard, with 18 metal frets, is of a dark wood, possibly rosewood, and extends onto the belly. The edge of the pegbox is decorated with an inlaid light coloured wood in a feathered pattern. The curled, flattened square head is decorated with applied mother-of-earl. The six pegs are arranged vertically to the pegbox, with brass mounts and heads of bone. The six single strings are of gut and overspun metal. Ebony bridge with inlaid mother-of-pearl flowerheads.

  • Date:
    early 20th century
  • Maker:
    Carlo Albertini and Sons
  • Collection:
    National Museums Liverpool
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  • Place of production:
    Milan (Timezone: Europe/Rome)
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  • Period:early 20th century
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  • Inscriptions:Label now missing (?)
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  • Repository:National Museums Liverpool
  • Measurements:Overall length 546mm, length of belly 300mm, width of belly 220mm, string length from nut to bridge 325mm