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Dital harp

Harp-guitar, a lute-guitar hybrid with seven gut strings. Body of simplified lute-form with straight sides and curved tail. Coniferous front arched transversely. Soundhole with gilded oakleaf and acorn collar. Front outlined with scrolling neoclassical bands and anthemion ornament both sides of bridge. Back of flattened semicircular section. All ebonised; back outlined in ‘panels’ with gold lines. Turned ivory tailpin. Pin-bridge with saddle. Neck and top-block in one piece but laminated horizontally from two layers; ivory frets. Tuning pins with square gilt heads, without shoulders, set out in V pattern. Individual pillar nuts of ivory drilled, which press the string down between the tuning pin and the conventional nut.

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  • Inscriptions:Between soundhole and top of front in gilded lettering: "Light / Foley Place / London"
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  • Repository:Royal College of Music Museum
  • Measurements:Height: 860mm. Width: 338mm. Depth: 138mm.