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English guitar, John Preston, London, c.1770

DETAILS

Object name
Maker
Date
circa 1770
Place
Object number
RCM0161

Description

English guitar with watch-key tuning and cast ormolu rose. 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 medium grain; herringbone edging and single painted purfling. Ribs and one-piece back of figured maple with painted purfling; four crossbars on inside back. Ten hitch-pegs of ivory in tail-block in two staggered lines. One-piece neck and tuning-head of maple of medium curl; hook finial above tuners is a separate piece. Fingerboard of convex section, veneered in tortoiseshell with metal-leaf backing and ebony edging. Ivory nut; capo tasto holes behind top four frets. Black-stained bridge in form of a shallow arch.

Dimensions

Length: 688mm. Width: 287mm.

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