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Plucked stringed instrument with a pear-shaped, flat-back soundbox. Back and ribs of bookmatched burled maple. Spruce top with rose. Neck and pegbox of flamed maple, terminating in square-shaped finial. Ebony fretwood with twelve brass frets, and six drilled holes in the spaces between the nut and the 7th fret that would have had a capotasto (i.e. a "moving-bridge" normally made of ivory or ebony, fixed with a wing-nut and a bolt). Ten wooden friction pegs for two single bass strings and remainder four double-course strings (wound- and plain-metal), pinned at the bottom of the body with ivory pins. Arched ebony bridge. Ivory nut and bottom saddle. Rounded knob with mother-of-pearl inlay on bottom. This instrument is part of the Albert C. Spencer collection.

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  • Inscriptions:Inscribed: Rauche / in Chandos St. / London 1762
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:321.322 Necked box lutes or necked guitars
  • Repository:Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton
  • Measurements:Height: 750mm; Width: 390mm; Depth: 65mm