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Guitar; sycamore back, pine belly, pointed shoulders, rose of stamped copper gilt with a musical instrument & diaper pattern in centre. Ebony fingerboard with fifteen brass frets, square finial on neck with chequerboard pattern in ebony & ivory, detachable mechanism on body for striking strings with felted hammers, box with Royal Arms of England.

  • Date:
    1755-1760 (made)
  • Maker:
    Hintz, Johann Frederick
  • Collection:
    Victoria and Albert Museum
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  • Place of production:
    Great Britain
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  • Materials:Sycamore, ebony and ivory, with stamped copper
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  • Inscriptions:'F.HINTZ' 'PRESTON INVENTOR' 'PRESTON, MAKER, LONDON.' 'PR' crowned 'SMITHS PATENT BOX' over Royal Arms of England and the word 'LONDON'
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  • Repository:Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 69 cm total, Length: 34 cm belly, Width: 31.5 cm, Depth: 7.5 cm