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Guitar-cittern hybrid, wire-strung, with four single courses and four double. Guitar-shaped body with violin-style vaulted back and overlapping edges to both front and back. Front fine-grained, book-matched, with black edging; rose in soundhole cut from wood of front; a sunburst with eight rays, with entwined wreath of foliage and a smaller sunburst of five rays at centre; collar of a single line of purfling, and a scalloped leather border to edge of soundhole. Bridge resembles a low and wide violin bridge; ivory saddle at tail and seven hitchpins in tailblock. Maple ribs of slight curl. One-piece maple back with no purfling; the button carved as a rocaille-style scallop shell. Plain maple neck with cittern-style spine on treble side and shallow flat section on bass side. Fingerboard slightly arched and veneered in tortoiseshell; twelve metal frets.

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  • Inscriptions:Printed label "SVENO BECKMAN / I Stockholm, Anno 1757" [last two digits handwritten]
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  • Repository:Royal College of Music Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 882mm. Width: 235mm.