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A trapeze-shaped oak case. Eight strings, identified by numerals painted in white under each string on the sound-board; strings are fastened to two bars by small iron pins on the left and to the tuning pins on the right. Both bars have inserted thin strips of brass, serving as bridge.

Inscription

Pierced in top board: H S / 1789

Provenance

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

1789

Object Place

England

Dimensions

Length 83.8 cm, width 27.6 cm, height 8.8 cm (Length 33 in., width 10 7/8 in., height 3 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.1776

Medium or Technique

Oak

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Chordophones