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English guitar

This English guittar has a gilt brass rose, with retaining ring of ivory, ornamented with a putto playing a trumpet within a band of instruments. The front, outlined with a single line in pen and black ink, has been damaged, and has been varnished dark brown. The tortoiseshell veneer on the neck is very dark. The ivory bridge is edged with scrolls and incised with a blackened diaper pattern. There are thirteen frets. The strings are fitted to ten pegs of dark-stained wood, gathered in five double courses and fixed at the base to nine ivory pins and one nail (in place of a missing pin). There is a graft about a third of the way along the neck from the soundbox.

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  • Maker:
    Lucas, George (?)
  • Collection:
    Ashmolean Museum
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  • Place of production:
    London (Timezone: Europe/London)
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  • Materials:maple, beech, ebony, ivory, tortoise shell, mother-of-pearl, pen and ink
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  • Inscriptions:inscription/mark: Lucas at Ye Golden / Guitar Silver St. / Golden Square (Label)
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  • Repository:Ashmolean Museum
  • Measurements:743 mm length; 348.5 mm body length; 311.5 mm body max. (back) width; 59 mm body (neck) depth; 81 mm body (tail) depth; 414 mm string length