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Pringle English Bentside Spinet

Made by: Archibald Pringle

18th Century



The spinet is a small version of the harpsichord, particularly popular in Italy and England.  It was named “bentside” because of its shape:  triangular, with unequal sides.  The single strings are strung across the width of the instrument rather than the length, allowing for a more compact size, thus making it more accessible for family music life in the home.

 Acquired 1980

Fallboard: “Archibald Pringle Londini fecit 1765”;
Range: GG-g3