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American bass viol

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Two-piece back of maple with medium curl descending from the joint (becoming slab cut at edges). Ribs and neck similar. Maple wedge (5 mm. maximum thickness) between neck and fingerboard. Back of pegbox finished flat. Two- piece belly (with wings) of medium-to-wide grain pine. Traditional...

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Inscription

Printed label: MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, / MANUFACTURED AND FOR SALE BY / ABRAHAM PRESCOTT, / DEERFIELD, N. H. / BASS VIOL AND VIOLIN STRINGS / AND BOWS, / CONSTANTLY ON HAND. / Also--Silk, Cotton, and Oil'd Cloth / UMBRELLAS, / FOR SALE OR REPAIRED; fragment of label (or newspaper advertisement) glued partially over main label: ..[eve]ry desc[ription] ... / ... Store in this or any other ... / ...as; Sword and other Canes ... / ... Drums; Violins, Bass ... / ... with extra keys; Bassoons, Serpe[nts] ... / ... Horns, Kent and E. flat Bugles, Trum[pets] ... / ... and ... ngs and ... / .y ot... / ... [ke]ys (silver ... / ... at the shortest not[ice] ... / ... [Musical Instruments ... / ...

Provenance

1965, sold by Otto van Kopenhagan, cello professor at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 27, 1987)

Credit Line

William Lindsey Fund

about 1825–30

Object Place

Deerfield, New Hampshire, United States

Dimensions

Length 129 cm, width 47.7 cm (Length 50 13/16 in., width 18 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

65.2687

Medium or Technique

Maple, pine

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Chordophones