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Triple Harp: M.6-1941

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Triple Harp


Jones, Thomas




Wooden Welsh triple harp. Soundbox made of nine staves. Soundboard made of one slightly curved piece with grain running lengthways; small screws are visible holding it in place at top. The soundboard is pierced by six holes about 2 cm in diameter located three on each side, 10 cm, 54 cm and 98 cm from top of soundboard respectively. These holes provide the only opening into the soundbox as the bottom is sealed by a plank. There is an internal, but no external string band. The strings are held in place by string pegs (16 missing, remaining ones a random assortment, some hand whittled), staples above each string hole and some regularly spaced not immediately above the holes. Three rows of gut strings, 29, 32, 37 strings respectively. Strung on right hand side of stepped neck, the neck is strengthened by a strip of metal, probably brass screwed all along underside. Thin straight column, high head, significant narrowing of shoulder just below collar joint. The harp has no back feet. There are some thin unvarnished gut strings still on harp, the one unbroken string is too loose to sound. The harp is very plain with two scrolls, one at head, one at top of shoulder.

Label on soundbox below collar. Square paper stick on label printed within a black outline 'Fitzwilliam Museum/Cambridge/Presented by' and hand written in faded ink 'Mrs Chadwick/April 1941'


History note: Purchased by Mr J.G. Morley of Erard's, probably in the 1890s, inherited by his son, J.S. Morley,, who sold it to Mrs Norah K. Chadwick in 1937

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Given by Mrs N. Chadwick

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1941-04) by Chadwick, Norah, K., Mrs


Circa 1810 - Circa 1820

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Components of the work

Side Of Neck composed of brass (alloy) ( probably)
Strings composed of gut
To Top Of Column Height 195 cm
Soundboard Width 49 cm
Shoulder To Column Width 71 cm

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: TI
  • Location: On collar
  • Method of creation: Carved
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: Printed within a black outline 'Fitzwilliam Museum/Cambridge/Presented by' and hand written in badly faded ink 'Mrs. H.M. Chadwick/April 1941'
  • Location: On sound box below collar
  • Method of creation: Stuck on
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.6-1941
Primary reference Number: 77322
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 6 October 2015 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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