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Shallow sound-box of modified viol form. Back of two pieces of maple. Ribs of maple. Belly of pine with two narrow f-holes, purfled. Both back and belly with overhanging edges as on violins. Neck and peg-plate of maple. Ebony finger-board with twenty-nine brass frets. Three ivory pegs at...

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Printed label: [hand pointing right] Ferdinand Sprenger [hand pointing left] / Instrumentenmacher in Nurnberg / (vormals Carl Sprenger) 18 [handwritten: 79]; stamped on fingerboard: Sprenger / Nürnberg


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection


Object Place

Nuremberg, Germany


Length 61 cm, width 27.2 cm (Length 24 in., width 10 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ebony


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones