Edward Light (English, active 1780–1820)
Wood, lacquered and gilded
H. 32 3/4 in. (83.2 cm); W. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm)
Purchase, funds from various donors, 1889 (50.184.1)
The harplike pillar supports diatonically tuned bass strings to extend the range of the fretted strings. The pitch of the bass strings could be raised a semitone by finger-operated ring stops that work very much like pedals on a harp.