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Hurdy-gurdy (vielle à roue), French, 18th or 19th century

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Object name
Maker
maker: Anonymous
Date
18th/19th century
Place
Object number
RCM0120

Description

Guitar-shaped hurdy-gurdy (vielle en guitare); composite. Six strings. Compass two octaves: thirteen natural keys, ten accidentals. Front one-piece, of open-grained mahogany; two C-shaped soundholes at bottom of front. Striped ribs of black wood separated with white lines. Marquetry inlay in rib joint at tail. Vaulted back of same style. Pegbox of fruit-wood. Six pegs with ivory buttons. Keybox of mahogany; cover of ?lime with two coil-and-staple hinges and a turn-button latch of bone. Triangular-section moveable nut. Wheel of ?boxwood, turned by S-shaped crank of iron; ivory handle. Main bridge and wheel-cover missing. An 18th-century vaulted guitar back has been re-used to make a hurdy-gurdy, possibly in the 19th century.

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Dimensions

Length: 648mm. Width: 229mm. Depth: 183mm.

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