Medium Document: archival not Spain
City Lisbon | Region Portugal | Old kingdom Portugal
The is the first regulations for the examination of violeros in Lisbon, promulgated by 1572. The text describes various features of the construction technique. Apprentices were required to “make a vihuela of six courses with ribs of black or red wood [=rosewood] worked with heat, well moulded and finished, soundboard and back of two halves…” also a harp and a vihuela de arco, big or small, and a chessboard. There are many other details of the use of peones and cloth lining on the inside of the instruments. Gives details of the knowledge of strings required to string instruments being supplied. Strings are to be made from gut from mutton [carnero]: using sheep or goat gut attracted a fine of 1000 reales. See document D0379
Morais, Manuel. Livro dos Regimentos dos officiaes mecanicos da mui excelente e semp leal cidade de Lixª [=Lisboa] refromados per ordenãça do Illustrissimo Senado della ptto Ldo Drte minez do liam Ano MDLxxij. Arquivo da Camara Municipal de Lisboa, Cod 35, fols 157-159v, 160-163v.