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Description (Brief)

This rebec was made by an unknown maker, provenance unknown, probably 18th century. It is a composite instrument with a one-piece table of poplar, body, neck, pegbox and flat plate all carved from one piece of similar poplar, fingerboard of similar poplar, and opaque reddish-brown varnish heavily encrusted with dirt

This teardrop-shaped three-string instrument is probably 18th century or earlier and appears to survive en suite. The tailpiece and soundpost possibly belong with the rebec as does one of three pegs. The flat table, without interior bass-bar bears a soundpost and simplified f-holes. This instrument is accompanied by a bow. Acquired from the collection of Leopoldo Franciolini in 1892.

Leopoldo Franciolini (1844–1920) was an Italian antique dealer who flourished in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is remembered as a fraudster who sold faked and altered historical musical instruments.

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Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
poplar (overall material)
overall: 21 1/8 in x 5 3/4 in x 3 5/8 in; 53.6575 cm x 14.605 cm x 9.2075 cm
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Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
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National Museum of American History
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