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Mandolino with six double courses of gut strings. Front of fine to medium grain; bone and ebony edging; soundhole with rose of knot pattern cut from wood of front; chip-carved border of diamond shapes; five small black-stained bars run under the rose. Original bridge of sycamore stained black, lute-form with top of engraved ?bone; finials missing. Back of thirteen hollowed ribs of ?kingwood with bone lines between ribs; remainder of back has semicircular transverse section; strengthened inside with transverse strips of parchment or vellum. The twelve lines on back continue up back of neck to pegbox; four, slightly narrower lines run up back of pegbox; further lines on sides of pegbox. Fingerboard veneered with same wood as back, and a plaque of engraved bone.

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  • Inscriptions:Handwritten label: "Giovanni Smorsone / In Roma 1724"
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  • Repository:Royal College of Music Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 573.5mm. Width: 144mm. Depth: 83mm.