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Dital harp

body: consisting of 7 ribs, with 2 sound-slots in the centre rib, standing on a painted base. Belly: pine painted black; the gilded end-bar set up for 16 strings with ebony pins; soundhole with rose (now missing); a swan-necked bar carries the strings up to the head; ring-stops ('ditals') for raising the pitch of 5 of the strings by pressing a stud at the back with the left thumb, and square-headed wrest-pins. Head: supported on the bass side by a fluted pillar topped with a winged cherub's head. Length 840, body 395, width 335, depth 75/135

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    Light, Edward [Person]
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    Royal Northern College of Music
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    London (Timezone: Europe/London)
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  • Inscriptions:painted above the soundhole: Light / Foley Place / London|below end-bar: (Royal coat of arms) / Patent No. 9
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  • Repository:Royal Northern College of Music