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American bass viol

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One-piece back of slab-cut maple. Ribs similar. Crude later neck with crude pegbox/scroll grafted on. Two-piece belly (with wings) of wide-grain (or slab-cut?) pine. No purfling. Later tuning pegs, fingerboard, and saddle of ebony. Old tailpiece of ebony with crude inlaid 8-point...

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Printed label: Baseviols / MADE AND SOLD BY / Benjamin C [erased letter] rehore, / IN MILTON


1975, sold by Ira Rushman to Christopher Bickford, Hartford, Connecticut (Director of the Connecticut Historical Society); 1984, gift of Bickford to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 8, 1984)

Credit Line

Gift of Christopher Bickford

about 1800

Object Place

Milton, Massachusetts, United States


Length 128.5 cm, width 47.1 cm (Length 50 9/16 in., width 18 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, pine, ebony


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones