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Viola da gamba

Bass viol with sloping shoulders, deep ribs and C-shaped soundholes. Spruce top. Back and ribs made of alternating strips of dark and light colored wood. Maple fingerboard and tailpiece (possibly not original to instrument). Ivory nut. Six hardwood friction pegs, and six strings (two copper-wound, four gut). Marks of six tied gut frets, but only two remain. Tailpiece with hookbar. This instrument is part of the Albert C. Spencer collection.

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  • Decorative elements:Pegbox scroll carved in the form of a woman's head wearing a laurel-leaf wreath headdress.
  • Inscriptions:Paper label inside: Erasmus SCHIEFLER, Instrumentenmacher / HANNOVER 1850
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:321.322-71 Necked box lutes or necked guitars sounded by bowing with a bow
  • Repository:Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton
  • Measurements:Height: 1210mm; Width (lower bout): 410mm; Width (upper bout): 340mm; Body depth: 130mm