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American bass viol

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Two-piece back of slab-cut maple. Ribs and neck similar. Seam of lower ribs does not meet at center, but nearly lines up with offset seam of back. Ivory domes (one missing) glued to ears of scroll. Back of pegbox finished flat with incised pattern of half circles at lower edge. Maple wedge...

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Printed label: Baseviols / MADE AND SOLD BY / Benjamin Crehore, / IN MILTON; manuscript label: Made / Anno Domini 1796


Before 1967, gift of Wallace Goodrich, Director of the New England Conservatory of Music 1931–1942, Boston, Massachusetts; 1983, gift of the New England Conservatory of Music to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 9, 1983)

Credit Line

Gift of the New England Conservatory of Music

about 1800

Object Place

Milton, Massachusetts, United States


Length 121.5 cm, width 42.1 cm (Length 47 13/16 in., width 16 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, pine, ebony


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones