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This rebec was made by an unknown maker, provenance unknown, probably 19th century. It is a composite instrument with a one-piece table of poplar, body, neck and pegbox carved from one piece of similar poplar. The wood is not varnished but finished with a colored penetrating oil.

This instrument appears to be a crude copy of a rebec in the style of catalog #095310. It does not appear to have ever functioned as a playing object. 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
19th century
Physical Description
poplar (overall material)
overall: 4 3/8 in x 23 5/8 in x 5 3/8 in; 11.1125 cm x 60.0075 cm x 13.6525 cm
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accession number
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
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National Museum of American History
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