Watch Weekend Receptionist, Mary Jane, as she describes her artifact pick: a mid-19th century harp lute from the Couldery collection.
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This artifact is an ebonized harp-lute with gilt tracery in a floral decoration with 14 strings.
The harp-lute is also called the dital harp. An invention of Edward Light of London in the late 18th century, the harp-lute was designed in an attempt to revive the popularity of the guitar.
The music, which is on display with the harp-lute in the drawing room, was published by the Wheatstone Company of London, England.
This harp-lute has 14 strings. When the key is worked by the thumb, the strings are shortened, giving a different tone.