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This is a Russian school violin, constructed with typical rounded edges lacking overhang. It has a one-piece spruce top, a two-piece maple back, and maple ribs, neck and scroll. The four friction pegs are all different and only two strings remain (one silver wound, one gut) attached to a French-style ebony tailpiece.

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  • Decorative elements:Single dark-light-dark purfling line.
  • Inscriptions:Paper label inside: RIGART / RUBUS / [coat of arms of Imperial Russia with double-headed eagle and various shields] / S. PETERSBURG (all in cyrilic characters) / 1850
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:321.322-71 Necked box lutes or necked guitars sounded by bowing with a bow
  • Repository:Museum of Army Music
  • Measurements:Height: 600mm; Width at lower bout: 203mm; Body height: 355mm