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Possibly walnut. Compass: C/E–f''', short octave. 3-octave span: F–e'': 487; c–b'': 484. The instrument is fretted, with bichord stringing throughout the compass. In each octave the three notes d–e flat–e share a single pair of strings, as do f–f sharp–g, g sharp–a–b flat and b–c–c sharp. Each of the lowest bass notes (C/E–A) has its own pair of strings, while the next four bass notes (B flat, B, C and C sharp) are double, rather than triple fretted.

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    late 17th or early 18th century
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    Fenton House
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  • Inscriptions:On back of facia: repaired by Alec Hodsdon, Lavenham, F=P 1948 [possibly 1943].|On book of facia: L. WARD 1950 [stamped].|On back of facia: 1970 LW [carved].|On the top key (key no. 45): P[aul] N[eville].
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  • Repository:Fenton House
  • Measurements:Case dimensions: Length 1055, width 308, depth 107.