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Guitar, Joseph Gerard, London, c.1840

DETAILS

Object name
Maker
Date
circa 1840
Place
Object number
RCM0172

Description

Mid 19th-century guitar with six strings. Front two-piece, of medium grain varnished pale gold. Soundhole collar a broad garland of mother-of-pearl foliage set in black mastic, contained within single ebonylines. Pin-bridge with ivory insert and five pins studded with mother-of-pearl; behind bridge, ornamentalplate inlaid and engraved. Ribs and back of zebrawood veneer on a coniferous substrate. Back and ribs doublepurfled behind ivory edging; the zebrawood bookmatched on back. Ebony tailpin, inlaid with mother-of-pearl and inserted into a dart-shaped ivory inlay between ends of ribs at tail. Back and heel of neck and back of tuning-head veneered in ivory, with an ebony button. Ebony fingerboard and seventeen frets, the octave fret at the joint.

Dimensions

Length: 955mm. Width: 319mm.

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