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Unsigned viola with two-piece top made of spruce. Back, ribs, neck (replaced) and scroll of maple. Both top and back have very little arching. Four rosewood friction pegs and four gut strings. Ebony nut, fingerboard and tailpiece. This instrument is part of the Albert C. Spencer collection.

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  • Decorative elements:Pyrographic design on the top with stylized floral and foliage design (possibly a thistle), and a cross hatched shading at base. Pyrographic Baroque design of inter-locking lozenge shapes on the back.
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  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:321.322-71 Necked box lutes or necked guitars sounded by bowing with a bow
  • Repository:Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton
  • Measurements:Height: 630mm; Width (lower bout): 230mm; Width (upper bout): 185mm; Body depth: 50mm