Bassot Hurdy-Gurdy

Bassot Hurdy-Gurdy

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Description (Brief)
This hurdy-gurdy was made by Joseph Bassot, Mirecourt/Paris, France, around 1775-1808. It has 6 strings (2 melody with chromatic scale - 4 drones) and 23 keys. The instrument is made of yellow varnished maple body with ebony veneers on keybox and tailpiece. Ebony inlay around edge. Woodburned "BASSOT" on keybox side.
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Object Name
Hurdy Gurdy
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Physical Description
maple (overall material)
ebony (overall material)
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National Museum of American History
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