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Anglo-saxon fiddle

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An interesting drawing of an Anglo-saxon fiddle—or fithele, as it was called—is given in a manuscript of the eleventh century in the British museum (Cotton, Tiberius, c. 6). The instrument is of a pear shape, with four strings, and the bridge is not indicated.

Musical Instruments
Written by Carl Engel
Published in 1875
Available from gutenberg.org