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Guitar

1765-1775
Origin: England, London
OL: 26 3/4"; OW: 11 1/2"; OD: 3 3/4"
Spruce, maple, ebony, tortoiseshell and ivory, brass, ivory and resin
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1984-254
Deep pear-shaped body with two-piece back of book-matched, highly-figured wood; sides also of highly-figured wood. Ivory button straddles junction of sides at base, near two rows of ivory tail pins (five per row) and ivory saddle. Inked purfling near edges of table and back. Table of two close-grained pieces of spruce, with added graining in swirls. Cast brass rose with chinoiserie design set in hole with ivory liner and concentric inked bands. Ebony fingerboard with tortoiseshell inlay and decorative ivory brackets inset at top and bottom; twelve brass frets with spaces in between gradually increasing toward top; four capo tasto holes through center of fingerboard and neck between top and fourth fret; ivory nut; "watchkey" tuning mechanism for ten strings mounted at top of neck. Ornamental hook (separate piece of wood) terminates in square finial with mounted resin ornament of floral design (partially replaced). Table, sides, back, back of neck and head varnished red/orange.
Provenance:Wurlitzer-Bruck, New York
Mark(s):"CE G C E G/ PRESTON*INVENTOR" BRANDED ON BACK OF HEAD: cypher "PR" crowned/"PRESTON MAKER/LONDON"
Inscription(s):see marks