about 1700

Object Place: Germany


Height 130.8 cm, width 45 cm, depth 20.4 cm (Height 51 1/2 in., width 17 11/16 in., depth 8 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, pearwood

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)


Musical Instruments



Quadrangular soundbox. Back, sides, and soundboard of maple, with pairs of incised lines along all edges. Soundboard grain oriented vertically. Three pairs of soundholes in soundboard, each composed of circular pattern of smaller holes. Pillar of maple with U-shaped cross section. Neck of pearwood with shallow reeding along top and sides. String pegs in form of L-shaped brays (several modern replacements) of maple. Tuning pins of iron. Exact compass unknown, but possibly GG to c3 (thirty-two strings).


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