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Guitar, Josef Pagés, Cadiz, 1809

DETAILS

Object name
Maker
Date
1809
Place
Object number
RCM0173
Acquisition
Gift from Marsham, M. E. — 1928-10

Description

Early 19th-century Spanish guitar, now with six single strings. Front two-piece, of fine grain with plain dark wood edging; soundhole collar of mother-of-pearl in mastic, encircled with purfling, and a separated outer line of double purfling. Two transverse bars, two vertical, one on each side of soundhole, and five fan bars. Later pin-bridge. Rosewood ribs and one piece back; dart of vertically-grained wood in joint of ribs at tail. Mahogany neck with pointed heel. Simple shield-shaped mahogany tuning-head, the front face veneered with rosewood, with tapered dart-joint to neck; later machine-tuners with tapered bone barrels and ivory heads decorated with holes and notches. Nut of ivory; rosewood fingerboard reaching to the edge of the soundhole; seventeen frets with the joint at the octave fret.

Dimensions

Length: 951mm. Width: 282mm.

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