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The belly of a single piece of pine, the flat back and sides of sycamore. The sunken soundhole of carved parchment is set with the initial "B" and decorated around the outer edge with a band of chip-carved decoration. The neck and tapering, turned-back head are of ebony, inlaid with two lighter coloured woods and with ivory along the outer edge. Thirteen ivory frets. Six strings (three gut and three overspun) held by six sycamore pegs. The strings are held on the ebony bridge by six ivory pins, two of them with mother-of-pearl centres. Scrolling moustaches of ebony applied to the belly at either side of the bridge.

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    Merchel, Johann Friederick
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    National Museums Liverpool
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    Stuttgart (Timezone: Europe/Berlin)
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  • Inscriptions:Label: "Johann Friederick Merchel, Mechanicus & Instrumenten Macher in Stuttgardt, 1801, No.36"
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  • Repository:National Museums Liverpool
  • Measurements:Total length, including head 940mm, length of body 450mm, width of bouts 210mm, 180mm, 260mm, depth 92mm, string length 692mm (from top of neck)