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German pochette 2

17th Century

Pochette, also known as a pocket fiddle, made by German instrument maker George Worlle. A pochette is a small stringed instrument played with a bow. They were common between the 15th and 19th centuries, but especially popular during the 18th century. The pochette was a popular choice for many fiddlers due to their portability, because while the instrument is small, the long length of the fingerboard allows for a substantial melodic range.

The back, neck, fingerboard and tailpiece of this pochette is overlaid with alternate bands of ivory and tortoiseshell interposed with narrow bands of ebony. The table features a small heart-shaped soundhole beneath the  fingerboard.

Place of Production:
Augsburg, Germany
Length: 438mm
Dean Castle
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Creation Date:
East Ayrshire Council

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