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Welsh triple harp, Bassett Jones, Cardiff, 1838

DETAILS

Object name
Maker
Date
1838
Place
Object number
RCM0295
Acquisition
Gift of General Sir Gwilym Ivor Thomas, 1957.

Description

Welsh triple harp, designed to be played on the right shoulder. Three rows of strings: two outer diatonic rows, one of 37 strings, the other of 30 beginning at B, and a central chromatic row of 32, beginning at F♯. There are eight plugged unused holes on the bridge-strip at the lower end of the shorter diatonic row. Soundboard cross-grained, framed with thin painted black lines. Back of nine staves. Neck and pillar of ?beech, also with thin black outlining. Pillar with carved and gilded volutes and acanthus at top and bottom. Carved and gilded acorns and oak leaves along top of neck and across lower end of soundboard. Soundbox has turned and scalloped top-block forming junction to neck. Semi-opaque reddish varnish.

Dimensions

Height: 2035mm. Width: 1055mm.

Associations

owned by Thomas, John

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