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English guitar

"Fairly large-sized in the ordinary pear-shaped model. Back of one piece of sycamore. Belly with purfling simulated in ink, and a gilt rose of stamped copper in a pattern of musical instruments with a putto in the centre. The loose bridge is of wood in a curious shape with two spatulate feet. Seven ivory hitch studs at the base of the body. The ivory fingerboard has fifteen brass frets and six capotasto holes. The head has worm machine tuning with ring-shaped fingerpieces, similar to 11/3 [Museum no. W.7-1919]. The finial in the form of a Negro head is of inferior carving and possibly a later addition." - Anthony Baines: Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard instruments (London, 1998), p. 50.

  • Date:
    1765-1790 (Made)
  • Maker:
    Perry, Thomas
  • Collection:
    Victoria and Albert Museum
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  • Materials:Planed and joined sycamore back and side, pine belly with ink bordering; carved and planed ivory fingerboard with brass frets; gilt copper rose; brass tuning pegs; turned ivory kitch studs.
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  • Inscriptions:Perry/ Dublin
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  • Repository:Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 85 cm length total, Length: 46 cm string length, Length: 37 cm length of body, Width: 31 cm, Depth: 5.4 cm