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English guitar, John Preston, London, c. 1770

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Object name
Maker
Date
circa 1770
Place
Object number
RCM0331

Description

English guitar ('guittar' or 'cetra') with a rose of wood. Six courses, wire-strung; the lowest two single, overspun, the upper four double; tuned c, e, g, c1, e1, g1. Body of pear-shaped outline with two-piece flat front of wide grain; two lines of painted purfling and seven around soundhole. Arched ebonised bridge. Soundhole with domed rose, of two-ply construction, in the form of a twelve-pointed star, each ray veneered in ebony and ivory and linked by flame-like shapes in maple.

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Dimensions

Length: 683mm. Width: 291.5mm.

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